Star-Crossed II, Video, 6:30 min, 2013
My work in performance, installation, and video uses pop cultural tropes and dark humour to address thorny subjects such as religion, gender and sexuality. Singing has been an important part of my live and my recorded performances. Popular song structures are rearranged and recontextualised to fit narratives of experiences like pregnancy or sex work on the USA-Mexico border. Accompanying objects are found or fabricated to provoke a seductive discomfort […] I enjoy playing with the disjunctions that occur in language translation and using the cinematic conventions of onscreen text to engage charged content. Code-switching and voice-switching then complicate the relationships between Spanish and English, masculine and feminine, victim and victimizer, abject and exalted.