In Process

Resistance Ware

On April 7, 2017 at Friday Nights @ OMCA (The Oakland Museum of California), I launched a pilot project to benefit the Alameda County Immigration Legal & Education Partnership (ACILEP). Donations were accepted in any amount in exchange for a bowl.  The bowls sold out, and 100% of the proceeds from this work was donated to Centro Legal de la Raza to support the ACILEP. In March 2017 the ACILEP launched a 24/7 hotline where immigrants can get free help if they have been detained. As the granddaughter of Mexican immigrants, this work is my response to the current administration's policies and demonstrates my support for community organizing and protest. These slip cast stoneware salsa-guacamole bowls riff off of the traditional hand-painted Puebla-Blue Mexican dishware I grew up with as a child. The bowls are subtly imprinted with a border wall upon which is hand painted the 1970s protest chant, ¡El Pueblo Unido Jamás Será Vencido! The slogan translates as The People United Shall Never Be Defeated. As a result of the interest in the project, I will be scaling up production this summer.