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Exhibition and submission History


Menil Collection, Aurora Picture Show BYOB W/Dranat Vasquez and Hailey Lassiter


Houston, TX 

May 8th, 2022

University of Houston, Blaffer Museum Annual Student Exhibition


Houston, TX 

May 9th, 2022 - May 22th, 2022

Alta Arts Gallery, “No Place Like Home” Group Exhibition Installation Curated by Sebastien Boncy

“Altar Para La Tierra” - Complete Installation   

Houston, TX 

April 14th - April 29th, 2023

Sawyer Yards Sabine Street Studios, “All Roads Lead to Home” Group Exhibition Curated by Sebastien Boncy

“Altar Para La Tierra” - Complete Installation

Houston, TX

May 25th - July 8th, 2023

George A. Purefoy Municipal Center, Frisco Public Art in the Atrium 24

“Altar Para La Tierra” - Photographs

Dallas, TX

June 12th - October 17, 2023

Millepiani Art Space, International Group Exhibition “I Want to Believe” Curated by LoosenArt

“Altar Para La Tierra” - Photographs

Rome, Italy

July 18th - July 28th, 2023

Assembly Art Gallery, Suite F - Collaboration W/ Artist Lorena Molina 

“At What Cost: Part II”

Houston, TX

July 28th - September 2nd, 2023

Sawyer Yards Sabine Street Studios - Collaboration W/ Artist Lorena Molina 

“At What Cost: Part II”

Houston TX

October 18th - November 11th, 2023

Frisco Discovery Center Art Gallery - “Memento Mori” Group Show 

“Altar Para La Tierra” - Complete Installation

Dallas, TX

October 22nd - November 11th, 2023

Renowned Four Part Magazine Series; Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars

“Whispers of Regret”

Houston TX

December 16th 2023 - January 16th, 2025

2023, "Whispers of Neglect"



Illuminating Marginalized Communities in Houston 

"Whispers of Neglect" is a series that delves into the multifaceted issues surrounding the marginalized neighborhoods in Houston, where minority communities predominantly reside. Through a series of evocative photographic images, this project aims to illuminate the harsh realities of neglect that these communities endure, shedding light on a range of pressing concerns.

These neighborhoods have long been plagued by a host of systemic issues that have perpetuated cycles of disadvantage. Inadequate maintenance and a lack of investment in infrastructure have left residents grappling with crumbling streets, run-down buildings, and the constant threat of unsafe environments. These issues are exacerbated by the presence of corrupt officials who have failed to prioritize the well-being of these communities but prioritize their own. 

The pressing problem of overpriced housing. Residents in these neighborhoods often find themselves in an impossible situation, where they must allocate a significant portion of their income to secure housing in subpar conditions. The looming threat of eviction due to unaffordability further exacerbates their challenges.

Unveiling the Layers of Neglect

The relentless force of gentrification has become a growing concern in these neighborhoods. As investors and developers eye these areas for potential profit, the existing residents are faced with the risk of displacement. The sudden influx of new, often wealthier, residents can disrupt the cultural heritage of these communities, adding to the overarching sense of neglect.

Urban development in these areas, with a particular focus on the construction of highways and overpasses. These elements, while intended to enhance transportation infrastructure, not only contribute to a pervasive dystopian atmosphere but also have a profound and detrimental impact on the surrounding properties and residents. The highways and overpasses, often constructed without proper consideration or community input, exert not only a physical but also a symbolic weight on these neighborhoods. They serve as tangible reminders of the broader struggles and injustices faced by minority communities, highlighting the need for more equitable and inclusive urban planning.

It is essential to supplement this project with concrete facts and statistics, supported by credible sources. This additional layer of information further underscores the urgent need for awareness and change regarding the multifaceted issues depicted in the series. The goal is not only to document the challenges but also to advocate for transformative action and policies that address the root causes of neglect in these communities, ultimately working towards a more equitable and just urban landscape for all.

2023"Altar Para La Tierra"


Ongoing to 2024

Reimagining Heritage through Infrared Lens:

Growing up I felt disconnected from my cultural roots, I endeavor to reimagine and reinterpret my heritage in unconventional and innovative ways. This unique perspective allows me to breathe new life into the forms of expression that I create. Infrared photography, a technique that reveals the unseen, plays a central role in my artistic endeavors. It opens a window to a world beyond what the naked eye perceives. This method captures light in the near-infrared range, typically between 700 to 900 nanometers, offering a captivating glimpse into nature's secrets. Vibrant, healthy vegetation appears in brilliant shades of white, while the darker tones reveal the distress of plants, struggling to survive. This technique capitalizes on the distinction between living plants, which reflect more near-infrared light than visible light, and those under stress or deceased, which reflect less.

Reimagining Heritage through Infrared Lens:

My artwork utilizes infrared photography to shed light on the impacts of pollution and environmental damage on plant life. However, it's crucial to recognize that this technique isn't limited to this application alone. 

The Power of Infrared Photography

***In the context of my work, infrared photography serves as a gateway to explore the potential of this technique in revealing the concealed impacts of climate change without having to use insanely expensive cameras or having to modify my own by changing the sensor. Infrared Light (IR) and Near-Infrared Light (NIR) are segments of the electromagnetic radiation spectrum that extend past the range of what the human eye can see. 

Near-infrared light (NIR) is the portion of the spectrum that's closest to what we can see. It's as if you're on a continuum, and NIR is right next to the well-lit territory of visible light. NIR typically encompasses wavelengths from 800 to 2,500 nanometers (nm), making it almost visible but not quite. Moving further along this spectrum, you enter the realm of Infrared Radiation (IR). This is where the road becomes much darker, and our eyes lose the ability to detect any details. IR wavelengths extend from about 700 nanometers (nm) to 1 millimeter (mm). It's like venturing into a zone of darkness, where the familiar colors of the rainbow disappear from view.***

(I am using Near-Infrared filters ranging from 800nm to 1400nm, the darker it is, the less effective it will be at capturing images.)

Crafting a Narrative of Environmental Concern

My artistic process involves collecting materials from diverse locations across the Houston area, including Baytown, Freeport, Pearland, Sugarland, West Columbia, and Alvin. These materials serve as tangible connections to the places they were sourced from, each imbued with the unique characteristics of its origin. Whether it's the industrial debris of Baytown, the sandy beach materials from Freeport, or the animal bones from rural Alvin, each element contributes to the contextual richness of my artwork. The arrangement of these materials on an ofrenda, a traditional Mexican altar, creates a visually striking display that symbolizes the gradual demise of our environment due to pollution and other forms of environmental damage. The ofrenda, traditionally a powerful symbol of remembrance and mourning, is repurposed in my artwork to serve as a poignant reminder of the irreversible harm inflicted on the environment by human actions.

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Infrared photography is a fascinating technique that allows us to see beyond what is visible to the naked eye. This method captures light beyond the visible spectrum, specifically in the near-infrared range, which is typically between 700 to 900 nanometers. The result is a stunning image that showcases vibrant, healthy vegetation in shades of bright white, while dead or stressed plants appear dark. The technique relies on the fact that living plants reflect more near-infrared light than they do visible light, while stressed or dead plants reflect less.

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t can be used to study the impact of changes on the environment, such as deforestation and urbanization. These changes can affect local temperature and precipitation patterns, which can have broader implications for the global climate. Infrared photography can help researchers detect and track these changes by identifying patterns in vegetation health and changes in land cover. Moreover, infrared photography can be utilized in the agriculture industry to monitor crop health and yields. It can determine areas of stress in crops before allowing for early detection. 

Printed Matter

To add to this message of sustainability, I use a combination of reused containers, including glass, plastic, and metal, refilling them with my own repurposed wax that I have collected over the years. By doing so, I reduce waste and bring attention to the importance of reusing materials. 

The candles on the Ofrenda are an essential component of my work, and I use them to draw attention to the need for greater environmental consciousness. To further this message, I print on the glass containers to mimic the look of prayer candles but with a focus on the more archival process of what the Houston area has experienced in regard to pollution and climate change.

Wood Work

My woodworking practices are an integral part of my artistic journey, weaving a narrative of transformation and renewal. The process involves crafting a 6x4 table as a cornerstone for my altar, mending second-hand picture frames, repurposing discarded boxes, and handcrafting unique carvings and containers from scrap or reclaimed wood. This art form encapsulates the essence of resilience, taking materials often discarded and breathing new life into them.

The substantial 6x4 table, constructed with carefully selected lumber, stands as a sturdy foundation for my altar, a symbol of support and connection with the Earth. Repairing second-hand picture frames not only gives new life to forgotten memories but also mirrors the idea of restoration and healing. Crafting containers from scrap wood offers a second chance to materials that might otherwise have been discarded, mirroring the concept of renewal and the potential for transformation.

Fiber Arts

My fiber arts practice is a celebration of the tactile and the intricate, interweaving elements of the natural world and personal narrative. In this creative journey, I explore various techniques, including crocheting, fabric attachment to wood, sewing, and embroidery, each contributing to the rich tapestry of my artistic expression.

The crochet granny squares, transformed into small mats or coasters, add a touch of comfort and nostalgia to the arrangement of my altar. These delicate yet resilient squares, handcrafted with care, provide a place of honor for trinkets and candles, inviting viewers to pause and reflect.

Sewing and embroidering a narrative pillow of the desert not only pays homage to the natural world as well as my own hometown but also captures the essence of my journey. Each stitch narrates a story, connecting the arid landscapes to my own experiences, providing a sense of comfort and contemplation.

Found Objects

The found objects adorning my altar serve as relics of our environmental narrative. Each piece tells a story of the Houston area's journey, capturing the essence of its diverse landscapes and human interactions with the environment. From industrial debris collected in Baytown to sandy beach materials from Freeport, these objects are not mere artifacts; they are tangible connections to the places they represent.

 The inclusion of animal bones from rural Alvin further underscores the intricate relationship between humanity and the natural world. These found objects symbolize the irreversible effects of pollution and environmental damage, inviting viewers to engage with the past and contemplate the present, encouraging greater environmental consciousness

2022, "Dystopian"

Collaboration W/ Dranat Vazquez and Hailey Lassiter

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"Dystopian" is an animated short; it is a testament to the power of collaboration and the convergence of diverse talents. This visually striking piece emerged from the collective efforts of three artists. Lucy Carranza, Dranat Vazquez, and Hailey Lassiter, each contribute their unique skills and vision to craft an unforgettable experience.

Through a fusion of coding, 3D modeling in Blender, and the adept use of various techniques in After Effects and Premiere Pro, this collaborative masterpiece came to life. "Dystopian" exists in a realm where beauty and chaos coexist, and the viewer is transported to a place that is both beguiling and discomforting.

Its name, "Dystopian,"  reflects its futuristic allure. This contemporary work challenged the boundaries of traditional art and was showcased at the prestigious Menil Collection in Houston, Texas, as part of the Aurora Picture Show Screening. Its presence in this esteemed venue is a testament to its artistic significance.

"Dystopian" delves deep into the contemporary conversation surrounding human fragility and the ever-expanding overconsumption of technology. The piece invites viewers to contemplate the implications of our technology-driven world and the fine line between its allure and its potential pitfalls.

Rendered Image from 3D Blender : Lucy Carranza

Rendered Image from 3D Blender : Lucy Carranza

2022, "Fluidity of Identity" - RIBS - HEARTS

Three-part series (3rd set ongoing)

"Fluidity of Identity" - RIBS

"Ribs" is a captivating and thought-provoking project that ventures into the intricate landscape of self-identity, as seen through the lens of the incredibly talented and brave subject, Maria Olivera. This series serves as a powerful visual narrative, artfully unraveling the threads of insecurities, and the profound sense of distaste one can experience toward oneself.

At its core, this project engages with the complex subject of gender identity, one of the pivotal discussions of our time. Looking back at the history of LGBTQ+ communities, it is evident that significant progress has been made, but it is also undeniable that the journey has been fraught with challenges. "Fluidity of Identity" prompts us to ponder whether, in this time of greater visibility and awareness, the weight of insecurity has grown. Does the spotlight on gender identity add to the fear and uncertainty experienced by individuals who grapple with questions of self?

The striking juxtaposition of Maria Olivera in semi-revealing clothing, deliberately challenging the confines of their gender assigned at birth, speaks volumes.

 It courageously challenges societal norms, provoking conversations about the fluidity of identity and the boundaries we place on ourselves and others. The project compels us to reflect on the courage it takes to embrace one's true self in the face of societal expectations and norms.

"Fluidity of Identity" invites viewers to consider the multiplicity of identity. It calls for empathy, understanding, and a reevaluation of the prejudices and stereotypes that continue to surround discussions of gender identity.

 In its visual and emotional complexity, this series offers a profound exploration of what it means to be true to oneself and the hurdles faced in that journey.

Historically, LGBTQ+ individuals have faced systemic discrimination, social stigma, and legal persecution. Even as progress was made, these challenges left a lasting impact on the community. In the United States, for instance, the Stonewall riots in 1969 were a catalyst for the LGBTQ+ rights movement. Despite this important turning point, LGBTQ+ individuals continued to experience discrimination in various aspects of life, including employment, healthcare, and housing. 

Statistics from organizations like the National Transgender Discrimination Survey and the Human Rights Campaign demonstrate the persisting challenges faced by transgender and gender-nonconforming individuals. They report alarmingly high rates of discrimination, violence, and mental health struggles. For instance, transgender individuals are more likely to experience unemployment, homelessness, and physical and sexual violence compared to the general population.

It's worth noting that, as of the time this statement is written, many countries are still grappling with issues like legal recognition of non-binary genders and equal rights for transgender individuals. In the United States, access to gender-affirming healthcare and the rights of transgender students are areas of ongoing debate and activism. As a Transgender individual, it has only become more and more difficult to seek the care I need to live, seek sustainable employment, or simply just go out without fearing harm.  

"Fluidity of Identity" - Hearts 

These images represent a powerful exploration of the human experience, delving into the intricate realm of emotion, overstimulation, and introspection. In this series, oversaturation is employed intentionally to heighten the emotional impact, drawing viewers into a world where feelings overflow and sensory experiences overwhelm. The deliberate graininess adds a layer of complexity, evoking a sense of raw authenticity in the narrative. 

The central subject, standing in a room adorned with a wealth of memorabilia, holds a wine glass and a heart-shaped balloon, creating a visual juxtaposition between introspection and external celebrations. The disorientation in their demeanor suggests a moment of reflection, or perhaps the captivating allure of something beyond the camera's frame. These images invite viewers to contemplate the delicate balance between inner emotional landscapes and the external world, where moments of profound feeling and reflection can coexist. The eclectic decor and personal mementos in the room add depth to the narrative, reinforcing the idea that our emotional journeys are intricately interwoven with the artifacts of our lives.

2021"Intricate Vessels" 

An Exploration of the Human Anatomy

Macro Photography

"Intricate Vessels" - An Exploration of the Human Anatomy

A visual journey through the human anatomy, a celebration of the exterior of our bodies presented in abstracted, enigmatic compositions. Utilizing specialized equipment, I delve into the exquisite details of our physical forms, unveiling them in an unconventional manner that sparks curiosity, intrigue, and even a touch of perplexity in the viewer. This exploration of the body transcends past anatomical representation; it seeks to redefine our connection with the human body within the context of modern discourse. In a world where discussions about the body encompass a spectrum of identities and expressions, I aim to immerse the audience in a multifaceted contemplation of what it means to inhabit these intricate vessels.

Through these abstract images, I aspire not to provide answers but to ignite questions. I encourage viewers to embrace the enigma, challenge their preconceptions, and to engage with the mystery of the human form. In doing so, I confront conventional narratives about the body, deconstructing preexisting notions and fostering a more profound understanding of our physical selves.

Moreover, this series alludes to the concept of bodily autonomy, where each body is a sovereign entity, free to define its boundaries and self-express, especially in the context of gender identity. It acknowledges the intricate interplay between identity, self-expression, and the diverse experiences of gender that exist within the modern landscape.

As viewers immerse themselves in these images, they are not merely presented with abstract anatomical forms but are invited to contemplate the sensory aspects of the human experience. "Intricate Vessels" challenges us to consider the tactile, auditory, and emotional dimensions that define our physical existence in the context of our gendered identities.

"Intricate Vessels" is a tribute to the aesthetics of the human body, accentuating its diverse textures and forms. It mirrors modern and personal outlooks on self-expression, body positivity, and the evolving conversation surrounding gender identity although it can absolutely spark a whole different curiosity. It captures the beauty found in our individuality and underscores the significance of embracing the fluidity and complexity of gender expression in the modern world.

We are reminded of the paradox that, despite our shared human experiences and the miracle of life, society continues to grapple with divisive debates concerning the significance of what lies beneath an individual's pants. These images serve as a soft, poignant reminder that, beneath our external distinctions, we all share a common, complex journey of existence and self-discovery.

While these images do not consistently conform to conventional standards of beauty presenting the body, without focusing on specific gendered features, these images aim to foster a sense of neutrality and inclusivity. They encourage viewers to examine the human body from an unbiased perspective

Contemplating the human body in such an abstract manner invites us to marvel at the profound complexities of biology that enable consciousness, emotions, and self-awareness. It prompts us to reflect on the remarkable feat of existence itself.