When I was discovering art for the first time, I felt like there was a door that opened in my family’s ancestry, and I could be the first person to tell our story without the fear of censorship.
Jess X Chen, Poet, Artist/Activist, Filmmaker, Educator and Democracy Chronicles contributor speaks at the Ignite Closing Plenary at Netroots Nation 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.
The Spanish for hummingbird is colibrí. Colibrí are an indigenous symbol for safe passing. They soar as messengers between life and death, and their hundreds of species have been found migrating across the Mexico border
As I watch the Earth draw nearer to its’ human-driven ecological collapse, I felt like I could relate to the disappearance of our planets’ body, the poison ready to burst just beneath the permafrost of the Earth’s skin, because my own world and family was being destroyed before my very the eyes.
This is a self-published 48 page collection of poems and illustrations that I made 2011-2014. Signed copies of ‘From the Earthworm to the Night’ available
Patterning their wings is a motif taken from signs that riddle highways along the US/Mexico Border, signifying the crossing of undocumented immigrants.
Earlier this month, I mailed an original painting and art/activism manifesto for two of my friends that became forever lost in transit through USPS. Thus, I made an online archive of the lost package.
Gouache concept is based on the article, Hetero-patriarchy and the Three Pillars of White Supremacy (Rethinking Women of Color Organizing), by Andrea Smith.
Familiar red imagery of Cultural Revolution propaganda to create something that speaks more truth to violence rather than the false utopia it represented