Artist Statement

Thousands of people die in drug-related violence every year in México; by using metaphors and visual metonymies to tie together process and subject matter I explore the idea of perception, memory and transformation. My work is derived from a need to find meaning in these brutal events that repositions the corpse in our field of vision, reminding us that our physical existence is finite.

The content and sources for my images come from photographs published by the media; both in digital and in printed form, which depict very crude and raw forensic evidence. These photographs deal with the Mexican Drug Cartel Wars in which Ciudad Juárez, my native city, has been a primary battleground in the violent war between rival cartels and law enforcement agencies that battle for control of the drug trade into the United States.

Beginning with the idea of erasure as language, I concentrate on the use of processes that are reductive in nature to create my work. Any form of erasure, however violently destructive, can be seen as constructive in some way; something comes through the destruction, the negation of an image is not actually nothing. The negation takes its form from an erasure of a particular image. It is my intention to transform the image, through erasure, from crude and unbearable into a more beguiling or subtle form for presenting such disturbing images; the void thus becomes a space nurturing memory of what was there before engaging the viewer into a more lasting experience with this difficult subject matter. What I am looking for, as a result of these deletions is not to forget the horrific crimes these images convey; rather, I am searching for an understanding of what has happened by acquiring a sense of catharsis.

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