Mother, Father you're always on my mind

Posted on: May 5, 2017
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In the United States there's been cases of undocumented parents deported to their country of origin, while the child remains in the United States. Children who are left behind are placed in foster care if no other family members are willing to take care of the abandoned children. When I was a toddler I learned the words illegal and citizenship. As a child I learned to fully understand the importance of citizenship. This became more than just a mere word, and as I witnessed my uncle, cousins, and older brother?s removal, my thoughts would land on my parents.

As the political tension on immigration increases, my heart is consumed by anxiety as my mind gets clouded with uncertainty. Since the age of 1 I have been diagnosed with fear for 22 years. "Mother, Father, You?re Always on My Mind," is a montage of my personal anxiety and dedication to my parents, along other undocumented families dealing with this stress.

Miriam Amaro Ochoa

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BFA Student

Major: Sculpture

Graduation Year: 2017

Artist Statement:

As Americans, we live in an American Empire. A culture best described to turn a blind eye because we don’t involve ourselves unless it concerns us personally. To me, deportation has been something personal since the very beginning. All my family are from Mexico, and as my brother was deported, it became more serious. A threat to me was established where I felt as if there was a constant battle between the government and my family. My brother's story isn’t unique, as it is happening to millions of Latinos across the United States. Those who are fighting to stop the deportation in the US are latinos, whether they are illegal or not. Most Americans disregard this fight because they see a fight between race, but in my eyes it is a fight between human rights and the law. To me all human being are not illegal and should not be disregarded.

I produce artworks to demonstrate the violation of human rights in the United States. I deconstruct and reconstruct manufactured goods to stimulate personal narratives of migrants or labor workers.