"CHRISTIN, not CHRISTIAN."
Her artwork is very unique in the city of El Paso. It has a certain quality that when you see it, you know it was done by Christin. I think that something special about her is that she doesn't just work with one style, like the one pictured below, but she also does other types of art which include the use of oil-based paints and more "classic" style pieces. However, people have gotten familiarized with the type of style seen in her latest exhibition at Dream Chasers Club names "Wish You Weren't Here". (Available all month of August).
Surprisingly, Christin has being doing art "seriously" since January 2016. However, she has been doing art all through high school. She says she was "that person that spent lunchtime in the art room". Christin went to school for oil-painting, but she realized she wanted to do art that she could do in a "three-hour sitting". She realized she did not want to deal with the hassle that oil painting comes with. Her weapon of choice later on became a black pen.
I asked her how long it took her to develop her style to where it is now, and she said it took her a while. She wanted to do as much as she could with as little as possible, which is why most of her art now is black and white. She admitted that she has always been "obsessed" with the tattoo community. She feels that it is amazing what they can do with only one color. However, Christin told me that due to her studying art, it makes her constantly think about what colors to mix to get a precise color; for example, she was thinking what colors to use to make the sky the color it was the day of the interview, and that is also a reason why she mostly sticks to black ink. It gets to hectic and "El Paso does not need more colorful art" she said "it is already colorful as is".
I asked her how long she has been working with Jam (owner of DCC) and she mentioned that they met at a Proper Printshop live printing event not. Christin talked about how it started off with "forcing" herself to go to art shows for the sake of meeting other artists in El Paso, getting her name out there, as well as making sure people knew she was not a boy.
Now, on to more current subject matters: the exhibition. "Wish You Weren't Here" is her first solo art show ever and it opened up this Thursday. "In 27 years this will be the first one", she said excitedly. I asked her why now and she said "fuck it". She made it clear that she did not want to use paper or canvas. She wanted to do something different. "I want to get a little weird", she said as she pulled out her phone and showed me a sneak-peak of her puzzle art work. Very original. This exhibition is different to her other work because it is more than just a face. The main "characters" are a man and a feminine hand. However that does not mean it should be interpreted literally. She said she wants people to say, "What the fuck is going on?" Christin wants people to put their own emotions into it. She wanted to name the exhibition so that it represents the dialogue between the "female" and "the little man" as she calls it.
Christin hopes people can go to the exhibition and enjoy it and like it. I have seen it myself. It is wonderful. I hope everyone can go to DCC and check it out.
Her Instagram is: christin.m.a Check out her work!
Just last month, Julio Pizana (DotDotJulio) was featured as one of the artists of the month at Dream Chasers Club for the Niños de la Tierra exhibition. I remember seeing the paintings and they immediately caught my eye. I have always had a fascination with water color and the presence of some abstract representation of demons. His illustrations and fine lines were extraordinary.
Julio is a shy guy, an anime junkie with lots of talent, funny, and unconventional. He was born in Juarez and he initially started drawing Dragonball Z characters during second grade. Later on in high school he started drawing other creatures. He didn't consider himself the artsy kid and because he was in punk-hardcore bands during college, he stopped drawing for a while. He eventually started drawing again, but it took him a while to start showing people his work again. It helped that the art scene in El Paso started growing as well.
Julio has so much imagination that he struggles sleeping and for him art is the perfect outlet. His process usually begins by drawing an eye and it just takes off from there. Julio explained that he constantly has images in his head. He never had a precise influence growing up, but lowbrow art, anime, and abstract art happen to be his favorites. He also has an appreciation for Frida Khalo, which did not happen until he was in high school.
He also mentioned that his friend Skip influences him a lot since he always draws creatures as well. However, Julio had to change his style to stop being compared to Skip's and Portugal the Man's art because he did not like that all.
If you ask Julio, he will tell you that he never did "art-art" when he was growing up, he considers his art a sort of "print-art". He considers his art affordable compared to other prices because he firmly believes it is important to have fair pricing. He would like for people to be able to afford his art. Because of that, Julio has even done stuff for free, like artwork for the band Miijas, trying to do what he can just to help out people with his art. His main goal being to spread the art, believing it is useless to keep it to himself.
His last piece of advice for anyone chasing their dream is "Just do it. Don't think about it, just do it."
A big thank you to Julio. Go follow him on Instagram under DotDotJulio
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!):