Hand-spun, dyed and woven wool, seed beads, mixed media
60 x 35 x 3.5 in
From the artist: Hypocrisy. The US meddles in Central America and Mexico, creating a very dangerous environment. The people have to choose between terrifying and more terrifying. Imagine the choice. Indigenous, Catholic, all religions and spiritualities, they journey. They die on the desert seeking the US border for asylum. If they make it, they have their children ripped away, lost in the system, dying in the system, terrorized in the system. Imagine having to make that choice. I honor the brave ones who make the journey for life. I honor those who died trying.
Top altar: Sticks representing man, woman and child beaded with the flags of El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Nicaragua and Honduras; beaded Olmec Jaguar Gods, with Mayan glyphs of East, North, West and South; handmade rosaries; wool bags woven on an inkle loom and a Navajo-style upright loom.
Bottom altar: Buckskin, milagros, rosaries, charms and seed bead wrapped sheep wire.