The Candy Shop - series
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?