Linda Vallejo | Make ‘Em All Mexican
My vision for a “Better Los Angeles” is a city that acknowledges and respects all members of its citizenship – a city that is proud of its diversity and each individual’s contribution regardless of color, class, or offering. My angel represents the large and growing Latin American population of Los Angeles. In 2011, I began a portfolio entitled Make ‘Em All Mexican where images of renowned contemporary and historical figures “become brown.” In this series I repurpose plaster, metal, and plastic figurines and statues, and photos and postcards, and literally paint them brown to represent the Latin American presence, or lack of presence, in national and international history and culture. Curators look forward to exhibiting this work because of the explosive conversations it evokes. My angel aims to engage our Latino citizens, and to create a sense of civic pride and unity among our diverse citizenry. I am proud to complete a work of art that will be available to all our citizens and that will help to build the dream of a multicultural city unified through the arts.