Using Adobe Illustrator, I meld colorful shapes contoured by thick bold lines and references to the exploration of my identity to create digital works. I then curate a collaboration of computer and wall as I project my digital art to paint space-occupying murals. My murals of La Cultura require proof of existence and resistance to erasure, so I document the labor and community it takes to create one as part of my process and performance. The bold lines and bright colors I use are learned from graphic designer Aaron Draplin, but, inspired by Justin Favela’s use of piñatas, my art also acts as a nod to the exoticized portrayal of Mexico.
My art practice works as a contribution to the collective representation of the oppressed and marginalized, but also functions as a way to question the isms of colonies, color, and the Catholic church. Colorism and anti-Blackness are a part of many Latin-American cultures; my work confronts these beliefs, as well as the valuation of whiteness and “Brown Pride.” Doomscrolling through the whitewashing of history has informed the political themes of my work, but I also ensure that the bright visual colors I use represent the people of the Latina/e/o/x diaspora. I convey my analysis of what it means to be a Chicano through my digital illustrations in the hope of dismantling some of the romanticized and problematic ideals of a culture that craves belonging.