The Candy Shop - series

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  • The Candy Shop - series
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    What started out as an attempt to recognize the influence of Latin American culture on the United States, translated into something else.  I wanted to use candy as a way to relate changes in our culture that have been influence by Latin America.
    This idea stayed true, but it also became a way for me to get back in touch with my Mexican roots.  I started thinking about growing up and visiting family in Mexico as a child.  There were all these kids selling candy near the border.  We would often buy some and bring it back home.  I didn't think much of it then, but now I think of those kids - simply trying to make an honest buck.  The artwork is almost a tribute to those individuals.
    I also thought about how artwork can be eaten.  I included the same packaged candy I used as references in the actual exhibition.  The crowd was allowed to take what they wanted.  What better way to connect with people than with food? 
  • Vero Mango - acrylic on canvas, with light fixture, 36" x 48", 2011
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  • Pulparindo Wrapper (on the floor) - acrylic on canvas, 24" x 48", 2011
  • Installation View
  • Tres Chicles - acrylic and marker on wood, 19" x7", 2011, $350
  • Dos Chicles - acrylic and marker on wood, 14" x 7", 2011
  • 24 Packaged Candies - Individually Wrapped Illustrations, 2010-2011
  • Canels (4 Assorted Flavors) - ink and Prismacolor marker on paper, 9" x11", 2010
  • de la Rosa (tres) - ink and Prismacolor marker on paper, 9" x 11", 2011
  • Lucas acidito - ink and Prismacolor marker on paper, 9" x 11", 2011
  • Candy Shop Shelf - Installation - found objects and store-bought candy, 2011