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Flores del Desierto
I am a Mexican born artist, my practice focuses on the duality of life and death in Mexico. The wave of violence affecting Mexican society and my personal experiences affect the cultural, social and theoretical context of my work and image making.

My practice is socially engaged and semi-curatoiral. I work on a variety of media such as oil painting, printing, installation work and photography. My work has a strong influence from pre-colonial and revolutionary Mexican art, especially the Olmec, Aztec cultures and revolutionary mural art such as works by Tamayo, Rivera and Siquerios.

I have recently curated 'A'al Oochel', an international exchange exhibition in Mexico City and Preston. I have worked collaboratively with Mexican artist and activist Elina Chauvet, Irish Artist Brian Maguire and El Club Mini Venganzas, in the series of international art exchange projects, 'Presence of an Absence', based on the murders and disappearances of women in Mexico.
The work aims to highlight the emptiness left behind after a loved one is lost to violence. This project was presented at Brierfield Mill with art organization In-Situ as our hosts and at the Birley Art Studio Space in Preston.
My work is bright, colourful and inspired by my pre-colonial ancestors. The use of floral imagery works as a metaphor for the abundance of beauty of the Mexican culture which masks the horrors of murder and violence. My inspiration comes from first hand experience as a Mexican woman and empirical research in my visits to Mexico. I have worked alongside Mexican sociologists and researchers as well as conversed with local people about their issues and experiences with loss. As part of these events I created an archive of names and photographs of people who have disappeared in the last few years. These posters have been sent to me by families through support websites and social media. The purpose of this archive is to highlight the importance of telling the victim's story and in that way giving people a face and a name rather than a number.
By creating events based on foreign issues I attempt to open conversations which question similar local issues.
From these events I have extended my practice to workshops at women's refuges and I am currently working in a project that wishes to rebuild hope from the debris left after catastrophe.