Heart of Deer (the life force of our pueblos)

Heart of Deer (the life force of our pueblos)

Collaboration Installation at MACLA Chicana/o Biennal Melanie Cervantes, Jesus Barraza, & Celia Herrera Rodriguez Artist Statement There is a connection between making our relatives visible, specifically as the indigenous Peoples they are underneath the banner of...
Untitled/Sin Título

Untitled/Sin Título

Installation by Jesus Barraza and Melanie Cervantes Oakland Museum, 2015 This ofrenda is dedicated to our Queer relatives who have passed on. Our intention is to remember them and center the life that was lived in secret and is still unspoken. Each of their stories...
Looking Back Seeing Forward

Looking Back Seeing Forward

Artist Statement Using screen prints, art workshops, installations and gatherings my work deals the contemporary realities of people who are building a transformative social justice movement while recovering from the distress of a large-scale spiritual amnesia. I draw...
Sitting on Sacred Land

Sitting on Sacred Land

The four portraits of ancestors from the Nisenan tribe were placed on the mountain side at the For-Site Foundation in Nevada City. The portraits look out to the buttes situated to the west of the mountain they were sitting on. In this direction where the sun sets...
A prayer from occupied Nisenan land

A prayer from occupied Nisenan land

An alter installation on occupied Nisenan land/Fore-Site Foundation, Nevada City. As a guest on Nisenan land my intention was to create an alter on the mountainside facing the west and the setting sun, the place from where the Nisenan come from and the road people...