Author ORCID Identifier

http://orcid.org/0000-0003-0381-6139

Degree Year

2017

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Art

Advisor(s)

Kristina Paabus

Keywords

Exotification, Printmaking, Installation, Luchador mask, Self-portrait, Identity

Abstract

In this body of work I use printmaking to look critically at the commercial consumption of Mexican culture in popular media, using my own experience as a mixed Mexican-American as a lens. I consider how my experience of cultural identity, family history, and assimilation has complicated my interaction with Mexican culture within the United States. My work questions how cultural identity is reduced to stereotypes, employing the reproducibility of print to mimic the proliferation of simplified and exotified portrayals of Mexican-Americans in popular culture. I attempt to contradict this assumed cultural experience by producing work that asserts my own. By creating work that distorts stereotypical imagery, by embedding my own lived experience into these recreated consumer objects, I attempt to counteract and resist misrepresentations of Mexican-American identity.

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