Mesmerizing Addiction is the beginning stage of addiction. The apples represent the drugs and the green tongues represent the idea of us. The spiraling green tongues are the influences we feel attracted to, may it be our friends, television and any other sources such as situations. The apples are an idea that says “here take it it’s healthy” and it may look healthy and okay but that’s just a disguise that takes us to that dark place. The ride going down is fun but once in that dark hole is nothing but pain.
American Horror Spirit is my take on PopArt. Right before I painted this piece I was struggling with my smoking addiction, I simply couldn’t stop smoking my American Spirit Black cigarettes. I was having health problems so I became proactive to kick off my habit. I was reading this article that said that the best way to quit smoking is to imagine something gruesome when I was having a craving. So I thought about guts, shit and body explosions, basically scenes from American Horror Story. It worked! I released all of my cravings into this painting.
Political Wall is inspired by what is going on in America. I relate to this piece deeply because I am a Mexican living in Arizona and I see the fear that is being instilled in both countries by President Donald Trump. This wall is meant to be viewed from both sides of the border; On the American side, the President portrays power and world domination and on the Mexican side he portrays fear and anger. On both sides we are scared and we fear for our future. I fear that President Trump is not taking action to take care of our Earth, I fear that he is not making the right relationships with other world leaders, I fear that tomorrow I will not be in this country that I’ve been calling home for more than 20 years. The United States is in fear.