Chicano Artist Christopher Martinez-Luna is the son of migrant workers who settled near the border. In his case, the Canadian border. A recent art graduate of Western Washington University, Martinez-Luna transforms into art the emotional struggles he experienced growing up with Mexican roots in white-bread Blaine, Washington.
Cigar boxes, labels from Mexican foods-even bottles of hot sauce-embellish roughly framed figurative drawings done in charcoal and earth pigment. The mood is somber. The message is that Martinez-Luna, who has never lived in Mexico, feels alienated from both Mexican and American cultures, completely at ease in neither.