I must say here that this last tragic episode in the saga of America's asylum seekers really struck a nerve. When stories started coming out about what "Zero-Tolerance" was doing to families, children, and even babies, I simply could not stand it.
I had just had surgery but was determined to DO SOMETHING... ANYTHING. When the plumbing collapsed at the old Benedictine Monastery (Tucson's primary migrant shelter), a dozen porta-potties were brought in and volunteers built outdoor showers with pallets, tarps, and PVC pipes (brilliant!). Plumber's daughter that I am, I jumped in to clean all daily, and continued to do so until the Casa Alitas Program relocated to their swanky new location farther south.
When that job went away I still had to do something for the greater good and to lift up the humanity of "throw-away" people. That need gave birth to this series of artworks.