I’m a self taught mixed media artist. My work has been greatly influenced by my upbringing in Los Angeles and my connection to my tribal community in LA. The influence of my family’s Tongva and Mexican heritage is visible in my work. Growing up within Ti’at Society and participating in traditional maritime traditions greatly shaped my sense of understanding while being raised in the urban environment. I believe the duality of my upbringing is reflective in the narrative of my art.
The message behind this piece is that we as native/indigenous youth all have a voice and the power to create change. The words in this piece are aimed at helping one realize their personal power and greatness. It is our responsibility to ork collectively in the sprit of our ancestors to create change. Real power and change can only happen if we work together in solidarity and value our varying perspectives, beliefs and attitudes. The more understanding and willing we are to work together the more power we have.