+/-, Wood & Charcoal, 2016
Postive and Negative, a wood and drawing structure explores the notion of identities, stories, memories, and conditions of chican@s living in division and barriers of cultures and languages between the U.S. and Mexico. The seesaw symbolically represents my attempt to weigh on my Mexican-American culture evenly. However, there have been numerous barriers preventing me from connecting within my Mexican culture. I used charcoal to draw on my personal memories and experiences of others of the difficulties combining, understanding and living within two different cultures. For example, as a Mexican-American man, experiences of racial discrimination have jolted me into a rejection and isolation of my own cultural heritage thus creating an unbalanced cultural identity. In addition, due to fear of becoming humiliated or target by others, I only considered myself as an American that only represented an American dominated and fearful culture.