One of the things I find especially haunting about the femicide in Ciudad Juarez is the callous indifference of the perpetrators of these crimes. Many of the victims have been found in open fields and spaces, partially if at all covered by the earthen landscape upon which they are disposed. It’s as if those responsible for these brutal rapes and killings have little or no concern in covering up their crimes. Their brutality is on full display, brazen and without consequence.
I wanted to make a piece that suggests both exposure and concealment, a transparent container that both displays and obscures the content within. Using articles of women’s clothing, I cut and tore the fabric into shreds and compounded the fragments with heavy, crumbling ground. It is my hope that this piece conveys an uneasy sense of compression, suffocation and solemn anonymity.