Trailor House Mosca Con One Pink Chancla (image on right), Acrylic and ink on paper, 22 x 30 inches, Collection of Open Sky Museum/WAY Project, New Jersey, NJ
The We Are You Project is the first comprehensive 21st Century coast-to-coast exhibition depicting current Latino socio-cultural, political, and economic conditions, reflecting triumphs, achievements, risks and vulnerabilities, affecting all Latinos “within,” as well as “outside” the USA.
A common housefly is satirically personified as a trailer home owner that has just been uprooted and has taken flight. Wiring, plumbing, and bits and pieces of house are still falling from the launch. With only a few items in hand, the mosca sets out in search of better days, and rides off into the sunset. The image is about an individual, who realizes his/her own failures, who in complete disregards for appropriate footwear, sets-out, in spite of stereotypical identifiers, and bravely selects to change its lineage. Such ironic imagery is part of a visual 'verse,' slyly transmitting an innuendo toward that space in the mind intended for recollection, along with the wide curiosity of one's center in the universe. The common housefly (aptly named) takes its escape for a focused intervention on the progression of the self. The title itself is a play on being fused to two cultures.-WAYP