Alejandro Macias
A Bridge Too Close

 October 4 – November 30, 2019
John F. Lott Gallery

artist statement
My most recent work stems from the division represented by the Rio Grande River, and how the history of this boundary creates an internal conflict with my intimate and distinctive voice. The Rio Grande Valley remains a unique place for its fusion of Mexican and American culture. Coming from this large stretch of marginalized region, I feel divided by these two nations while simultaneously composed by them. This mirrors my personal engagement with traditional rendering, and my challenge with contemporary drawing and painting.

Much of my approach is a mixture of conventional, representational, and abstract techniques. This acts as a metaphor for my upbringing in a remote, and yet culturally rich, area in the United States. Through my artistic process, I seek to gain a better understanding of my ethnic background while framing and contextualizing the individual qualities of the people around me.

Ultimately, my artistic endeavors gravitate and rise to reflect my inner struggle, social and political trepidations, pop culture, and the perilous dichotomy of my identity and culture.
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