Date on Master's Thesis/Doctoral Dissertation


Document Type

Master's Thesis

Degree Name



Fine Arts

Degree Program

Studio Art and Design, MFA

Committee Chair

Chan, Ying Kit

Committee Co-Chair (if applicable)

Walker, Margath

Committee Member

Walker, Margath

Committee Member

Singel, Rachel

Author's Keywords

immigration; culture; art; textiles; printmaking


This thesis is based on my artistic endeavors and research founded in my culture, family, the history of the United States government’s intervention in El Salvador, and the current political climate Latin Americans face today in the United States. I work within multiple mediums to resurrect pieces of my culture that are being forgotten or left behind due to assimilation. I accomplish this through revisiting and reinterpreting traditions. I aim to bring awareness of the Latin experience in a racially divided United States through artistic expression and my own personal experiences. My works are made to feel whimsical and playful, but convey the heavy burden of passing down cultures while fighting to be seen. Each work reflects a part of my culture & heritage, leading to my own personal awakening with both concepts. My artwork includes mixed-media, installation, printmaking, paintings, and fibers with a focus on traditions within art.