Sometimes, a river or a mountain range will determine the boundary between people. Every so often, this borderline is only the ink of a line drawn by man. Through my artwork, I document and react to the ever-changing landscape of the borderland. Cultures, languages, and identities constantly conflict and bind in this space. I work with layers and images in a variety of media. I see these layers and images as metaphors for the phenomena of cultural appropriation, the crossing of cultural, economic, social, internal, and historical borders, or disclosure of the human condition. I make work that coerces these layers to interrelate, coexist, and come into synthesis. Understanding these languages through my work allows me to merge differences and similarities and make sense of my place within this framework.
- Jesus De La Rosa
Self-Portrait, Mixed Media on Wood Panel, 8"x10", 2022