Mayte Escobar

Self Portrait

Inkjet Print (8"x10" inches), 2012

Part of the Mexican American Sequence Series.

I decided to portray myself as a diptych through Mexican American mosaic photographs.  I compared my Mexican culture and heritage with my American nationality and a reinvention of a hybrid culture.  What I mean by a hybrid culture is, the way that there is some very clear foundation of my Mexican culture embedded in the translation of the "American".  The mosaic portraits gave me the freedom of portraying both sides individually but united as one.  Wanting the viewer to become engulfed by the colors, and having them project themselves onto the work would begin a dialogue within themselves.