art in the family

My father, a Colombian artist who designed the beautiful image on my homepage, recently created some pieces based on an essay of mine that originally appeared in Hippocampus Magazine. He has been exploring illuminated manuscripts with a modern edge to them. He not only illustrated a few of the scenes, but also did some translation. I'm honored to have my work expanded in this way.

by Renzo Fajardo

by Renzo Fajardo

by Renzo Fajardo

by Renzo Fajardo

immigrants

Today was a "day without immigrants" nationwide in protest of the current administration's rhetoric about immigrants. And on this day, the Pew Research Center released data about how the US has the highest immigration rate of any country and the CCBC released its stats for diversity in children's books

This got me thinking about culture and identity and my own work and paradigm. I'm not an immigrant to the US; I am a foreign-born citizen. And my work-in-progress isn't about immigrants.

But my current project (for children) is about crossing borders and combining cultures. It's about the beiging and blurring of America. It is a representation of what it's like to be "other" in this country and in another. It is through stories that we learn empathy and see ourselves reflected back.