The Journey

My paternal great-grandparents, who were legal U.S. residents, emigrated back to their native México during the Great Depression. Their son, my Abuelo (grandfather) who was born in San Antonio, became a U.S. immigrant to México at seventeen. Time passed and fate would again intervene when my father, a chronic asthmatic learned of a place where he could live […]

My Shōjo Heart

Shōjo manga (girls’ comics) has been seminal to the genre as a whole and especially formative for Japanese girls’ culture throughout the postwar era. Shōjo Heart is a metaphor from Shōjo manga. It means people’s feelings and thoughts straight from the heart. Currently, there are more and more Chinese students who come to the US […]

AFTER THE WATER

At the confluence of the Rillito, Pantano and Tanque Verde Creeks water once flowed perennially. The river channels were lined by a continuous oasis of trees containing great strands of mesquite, sometimes reaching 60 feet in height and trunks a foot and a half in diameter, intermingled with cottonwoods, elderberry, hackberry, walnut and ash. The […]

THE LIVING LINE

This project -The Living Line explores the interrelationship between natural and human processes of Tempe Town Lake, which is an urban landscape formed by the intersection of natural and human orders.This project is the understanding and noticing how human’s behavior and city’s development affecting the lake and the lives around it through a landscape architecture […]

PAVED PARADISE

“Big Yellow Taxi” or “They Paved Paradise and Put in a Parking Lot” They paved paradise And put up a parking lot With a pink hotel, a boutique And a swinging hot spot Don’t it always seem to go That you don’t know what you’ve got Till it’s gone They paved paradise And put up […]

OAK FLAT

A landscape has as many layers of potential use as it does layers of geological strata, and often the only time we as a society question the value of a landscape is when it is under the threat of exploitation. When these threats bubble up the many cultures connected to the landscape are pushed to […]

LAST VIEW

The border between the United States and Mexico is a point of contention across media outlets, politicians, and American citizens. In general, border issues are spoken of as being black and white. From this perspective, there is only right and wrong no matter the circumstances and no one should cross the border into the U.S. […]

SUPERIOR, BEHIND MAIN STREET

Superior is a town in transition; a yet to be completed work, a town struggling to grow into itself. Nestled at the base of the picturesque Apache Leap and surrounded by the eastern foothills of the Superstitions, Superior seems ideally suited to live up to to its inherent promise – a former mining town all […]

Between Land and Sky: Miami-Globe

In December of my first semester as a photography MFA student at ASU, I drove into Globe, after dark, with a failed alternator. I was met, repeatedly, with unusual generosity. This led me to begin a series of portraits and landscapes in Miami-Globe, northeast of Phoenix. Miami and Globe were built on mineral wealth; silver, […]

CARROTS AND COMMUNITY

There are many community gardens in the Phoenix area. They are all used to grow food but they each one is unique. Some provide recreational space for a specific population, while some are used to grow as much food as possible to help those who do not have to eat. The physical garden spaces vary […]