In 2013 I spent three weeks in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico at the TJinCHINA Project Space—I got to know Tijuana as a pedestrian with my family. With our son (3-years-old at the time) in a stroller, my husband and I walked the streets of TJ, a city not known for “walkability”, gathering information and photographic material for this work. While sometimes challenging (due to high curbs and sometimes-missing walks) moving through the city in this way provided us the source material for mixed-media city-scapes. A “shop” was created using very basic materials in the TJINCHINA project space. The color palette, influenced by TJ, uses primarily Politec and Comex paints. The green and neon orange are colors that not only repeat themselves throughout the city (and are politically coded) also refer to the Mexican flag. Color fades with spray paint create quasi-sunsets and sunrises over the hills of Baja California.
Issues related to Tijuana’s status as a border city with the U.S. struck us upon their first visit to the Border Fence at Playas de Tijuana; while ubiquitous to Tijuanese, we felt culpable for it as U.S. citizens/taxpayers and embarrassed at not really understanding that this structure has been in place for many years.