"TWO-TEN", 2013, pastel/paper, 60"x42", Photo: Vincent Valdez
I aim to create work that critiques both history and the present. Many of my projects are derived from histories that are forgotten, lost and erased. I choose to examine and portray these topics in the context of contemporary male portraits and landscapes. My sometimes fictional, sometimes real characters embody the supposedly glorious, heroic and invulnerable types of Western masculinity: beaten and defeated boxers, tired and forgotten soldiers, tattooed and mangled homeboys, lynched and martyred bodies.