The thesis is an installation exhibit called “Cë”, it is presented as a three part installation display that manifests a symbolic act by creating altar spaces that honor the border place I’ve lived in of El Paso and Juarez. The first altar space is dedicated to the climate and the socio-political reality of my environment and enables the first symbolic and communal act. The space will be completely covered by veladora candles that were gifted from our community with dedications and personal intentions. The second installation space is devoted to spirituality and a love process. And the main “cë” space is a mural composed by 999, 4”x4”, mixed media collage paintings, that when presented at the exhibit, will be given away to its viewers. The piece works in different symbolic layers and actions.
Cë, is the number one in the Nahuátl language, which was the ancient language of the Aztec civilization and it is still spoken in much of central Mexico. The name is also playing with the word “se”, which means “I know” in Spanish. Hence the title of this artwork plays with the “Cë” of the number “one”, and the “Se” of “I know”, alluding at a knowing that we are all one. – Astrid Magallon
read interview by NMSU’s Round Up here: http://issuu.com/nmsuroundup/docs/11-5_final/11?e=1347312/5509846