Welcome to America, Jésus and María

My 16-frame graphic story was created on-site and photographed with my iPhone. I tell the horrors of our government’s racist immigration policy through these tiny dolls. The hunt for materials integrates with my creative process. The vintage wooden boy and girl dolls that I found at a garage sale sparked this story. The toys are cast-offs collected primarily from thrift stores. The handmade Jésus and María and the maracas were purchased at a recent Oaxacan festival in my town of Santa Rosa. The Day of the Dead skulls are small stickers that I spotted at a gift shop. The “Bobbsey Twin” dolls represent the whiteness of America. In my story, the twins express the best of humanity and ideals of our country. We are all immigrants or descended from immigrants; our diversity makes our nation strong. (Click through the photos to enlarge.)

Seven Migrant Children Reported Dead in U.S. Custody
(Dias de los Muertos paper skulls below represent the children.)
Mariee Juarez, 19 months, Guatemala (May, 2018)
Darlyn Cristobal Córdova-Valle, 10, El Salvador (September, 2018)
Jakelin Caal Maquín, 7, Guatemala (September, 2018)
Felipe Gomez Alonzo, 8, Guatemala (Christmas Eve 2018)
Juan de Leon Gutiérrez, 16, Guatemala (April, 2019)
Wilmer Josué Ramírez Vásquez, 2, Guatemala (May, 2019)
Carlos Hernandez Vásquez, 16, Guatemala (May, 2019)

Los Muertos masks

Art materials: toys