"Los que viven en la memoria nunca mueren." (They who live in memory never die)
A collection of digital paintings of the twelve known asylum seekers in 2019 who did not survive the "Zero Tolerance" American border. Many of their faces are well known now, and I wanted to honor them in some way all together. I created digital portraits of each one, then incorporated them into a master background painting of Tucson's iconic El Tiradito (The Castaway) Wishing Shrine. Click on their pictures below for full size intimate views and learn their stories in my 'Codex' blog.
The Surrender / La Rendicion
Young Honduran mother with baby girl. I was totally captured by the gaze of the child.... Inspired by an image from 2014 by Rodolfo Gonzalez.
The last in my series honoring asylum seekers for a while, this is a study of the bond between parent and child. The mother's face shows her ancient Mayan bloodlines. The 45th presidential administration was world renown for its horrific treatment of asylum seekers - child separation and abuse in particular.