Colonial and Capitalist Revision
Vinyl Acrylic and spray paint on concrete
10 x 120 ft
Villas del Real (Villa Siete), Ensenada, Mexico
Murals completed for Pintemos Mexico, a week long workshop involving neighborhood youth with the support of INFONAVIT (Institute of the National Housing Fund for Workers) ,Fundacion Hogares and Mamutt Creatividad.

The first mural is an intentionally faceless depiction of the mythic Juan Diego receiving Catalan Roses from the hillside of Tepeyac after being visited by an apparition of the Virgin Mary. It was said, that when he returned to the city and unveiled his collection of roses they created the image of Lady of Guadalupe in his tilma (cloak). The tilma is on display at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.

The significance of Juan Diego's visit by the Lady of Guadalupe is monumental to Mexico. It has been viewed as a tool to strip colonial control from the Spanish conquistadors and replace it with an indigenous connection to Catholicism.

In the mural a kneeling figure with a cropped and faceless head piercing the sky is painted atop an abstraction of catalan roses. A commonly seen Coca Cola advertisement floods the background although here it is crushed beyond legibility. The manipulation of the vernacular logo in this case serves as a symbol of anti-capitalism, much in the same way that the indigenous revisionism of Lady of Guadalupe serves an anti-colonial agenda. The continuation of the coca cola stripe flows between a shoddy inner-city metal security gate and an open window alluding to the movement of stories from secure, protected, and guarded sources into Mexican households. The triptych layout centrally presents the Lady of Guadalupe narrative and Coca Cola as a colonial and capitalist story manipulated or remixed to create something iconically Mexican.

Villa Siete, Ensenada, Baja, Mexico
Spray paint on various materials
12 x 50 ft

Villa Siete, Ensenada, Baja, Mexico
Spray paint on concrete
8 x 40 ft