Trophies are celebrations of victory; they are mementos to some achievement or success. They can be created as plaques, medals, cups or shields. In this case - my trophies – are an accumulated assemblage of all these resources of token trophy styles. I embellish them with symbols and objects collected from flea markets, yard sales, and dollar stores. I incorporate jewelry, toys, games and religious icons. These trophies embrace the mirroring of a reliquary concept but multi task as an acknowledgment of something that has been won in battle too. But they celebrate the dark side of Victory – they speak of a horrific time and event that exists in my backyard, one full of violence that is acted out purely to impress others in the basest acts of terrorism and unbridled violence, the Narco- terror campaign in Mexico.
This work represents this system of complexities and contradictions of the identities of good and bad battling one another. These truths are mirrored in juxtapositions of contradiction - the first being the utilization of a plastic commercial process such as a trophy as a medium of fine art, full of devised icons of instant recognition and communication, presented in a lowbrow process. The second being that there exists a living presence and blending of cultures and ethnicity in south Texas, yet we seem so indifferent to what is happening in Mexico. I really want to overcome the wave of mediocrity I find in American activism today and inspire a self awareness and allegiance toward a civil revitalizing force, if by no other means but through the message of a Trophy artwork.
My origins have profoundly influenced my art, as I observe that there exists a living presence of a blending of cultures and ethnicity in south Texas. There is a myriad of striking characteristics and a visual dramatic conflict substantial and universal in significance surrounding all the communities in the border region, and the valley demands a reconstructed set of humanism, one that requires you to look inward and away from a familiar objective reality.