"VEILED BORDER", Santa Fe Art Institute

This is a collaborative art piece created by Lee Running and Monica Villarreal displayed at the Santa Fe Art Institute on November 27, 2015 during the All Refugees Welcome art exhibit. Veiled Border explores the authors of borders. The opacity of the border poses questions to the viewer. Who are the creator of borders; who are affected by them; and who can see them?

This work reflects solidarity with the larger artistic movement to welcome refugees.The artists involved with the All Refugees Welcome art exhibit believe that the ongoing conflict of refusing refugees from Mexico, Central and South America, and Syria has created an atmosphere of fear instead of love. We recognize the responsibility to counteract this threat of fear through the use of art.



A Houston mural depicting 21st century cases of police brutality in the United States. This collaboration mural was created by local artists Daniel Anguilu, Roberto Castillo, Jessica Rios, and Monica Villarreal. Photos



Made in America is a stencil installation of M16 that demonstratives the militarization of the Mexico-US border. This art was installed for the Voices Breaking Boundaries, Borderline Production - Livingroom Art series. This installation was inspired after my visit to El Calaboz, Texas during a State wide meeting that focused on MX-US borderline issues. The meeting was conducted by the Lipan Apache Defense Women.


"MIGRATION IS?" at Project Row Houses - Round 41: Process and Action An Exploration of Ideas. Curated by Ryan Dennis

Migrant workers have played a key role in the development of what we now call the United States. As the number of migrant workers from Latin America continues to rise, discourse surrounding these migrations focuses on their value as human beings by treating their bodies as exploitable commodities. The intention of Migration is? is to address and reframe this discussion by examining migration from the underrepresented perspective of the migrant. I will present a series of works exploring the experiences of Latin America migrant works through the use of printmaking, installations, large-scale paintings, and live performances.  I want to analyze the treatment of migrant works and shift discourse from their worth as commoditized bodies to their intrinsic value as human beings. 


Texas Southern University group exhibition on June 22, 2013. The photo on the left is a collaborative piece titled In Order of Life. This golden sculpture was made out of wood and aerosol painted goldThis was a collaborative with artist Michael K Taylor. The photo on the right is titled Pantli. This textile piece made out of cotton fabric was an extension of the golden sculptor. Both were inspired from an scripted language created for the exhibit.This piece was influence by knowledge of theLakota medicine wheel and Aztec sunstone. The shape of the cross in the sculpture represents thefour directions - South, North, East, West the other four panels beside thecross are Northwest, Northeast, Southeast, and Southwest and the three centerpanels represent earth, sky, and the center. Once the sculpture took form itreminded us of the “most high”, the sun.  read more



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