There's something about people whose dreams are translated into their work that inspires you to chase your own, and Mustang Jane is one of those individuals. So, prepare to be inspired!
If you've never heard about Mustang Jane, I will let you know that she is a very inspiring artist who looks to make a change through her art and fight for those who cannot fight for themselves. Mustang Jane describes herself as a "multidisciplinary political artist" and she does a lot of work in "arte de denuncia." This means that for her art is a way to talk about injustices and violence, especially regarding women.
For Mustang Jane, living in the border really influenced her decision to go into this type of art. Ciudad Juarez has a lot of history regarding femicides and other violence against women and this motivated Mustang Jane to speak out about it through her art. For her, a well articulated community process has the potential for social change because though education and organization the younger generations can be reached.
Having left Ciudad Juarez, her hometown, for ten years made her realize that if she was going to come back, she needed to create something meaningful that would create an impact. Mustang Jane decided to make a change and start by doing something, no matter how small. Little by little her "small grain of salt" in the community has began to expand with the help of her collaborators.
Not only is Mustang Jane committed to making a change on her community, but she also embraces change herself. Her process and her projects have changed because she believes that you always learn something new. She explains that you constantly need to be making connections to your surroundings, including politics, your environment, books, and other individuals. All of your experiences begin to grow and add up, making you into who you are.
Mustang Jane is very dedicated to her community, and her art speaks about the many issues she is passionate about. You can see this through her work with embroidery, textiles, knitting, drawing, and painting. Mustang Jane is an artist to watch and following her work feels like you are growing right along side her and I think this is one of the many things that makes her so special.
You can follow Mustang Jane's work on her Instagram, mustangjane
All pictures are courtesy of Mustang Jane (go check out more of her work on her Instagram!):