In search of a voice
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As a native of El Paso, Texas my work reflects on autobiographical narratives and violent events that have taken place along the US-Mexico border. For the past two years my research and artwork have focused on the Femicidios (women murders) in Ciudad Juárez (Chihuahua, Mexico). The specific case of Campo Algodón (2001), where eight young women were found in a mass grave in the center of the city, led me to investigate and produce a group of works in reference to loss, justice, memory and erasure. My purpose is to create works that inform the viewer of something that has occurred and continues to happen. My artistic approach involves concept, research and process, which eventually result in installations and sculptural objects. My aim in this thesis is to outline my research methodology and explore the intersections of my work with theoretical discourses in art, human rights, and neoliberalism. With a minimalist aesthetic, my work often masks the labor intensive process involved in research and production. By mining the archives of classified documents used in international human rights courts, I use this material as the base for my work. The nature of this material often dictates its visibility or illegibility as a classified source that cannot be revealed. This body of work requires collaboration across disciplines in which the research and communication with specialists have helped in the formation of each piece.