Roca Ruca


Cement, foam, woven cotton cord, natural dyes : indigo & hibiscus flowers

Commissioned Installation
Benny's Pawn Shop Pop-Up Gallery, El Paso, Texas
Chalk the Block Arts Festival hosted by the El Paso Museum of Art  Curated by Ben Fyffe
Oct 6-12, 2014


Roca Ruca is an installation that uses the symbol of the rock to represent individual people. The rocks were wrapped and woven with text around the constructed rock form and is Inspired by woven tourist bracelets found along the border. The text used in the piece are typical Mexican-American names and stereotypes new and old such as chola, chonger, pocha, naca, guerra, and others.  Foam and cement were used to create semi realistic rock forms. By constructing fake rocks we question ideas of authenticity in relationship to identity and how individuals connect with these names. All the cord was dyed using food found along the border such as black beans and hibiscus flowers.