Videos, ~2 min each
A series of videos that seeks to explore a maternally ancestral connection and spirit. Each video contains three minimal shapes of soil—inspired by abstract tantric paintings—synced with recorded voices of the artist, her mother, and her grandmother. Sound vibrations meld the three shapes into one as the voices layer over one another. Each voice is in Spanish and comes with printed translations. In spite of the perpetual shifting of soil underfoot, Cruz-Chong embeds in it individual and shared experiences.
Performance, 7 min
A performance where the artist manifests the invisible walls she puts up to divide herself and take distance from her loved ones; highlighting the struggle and irony that goes with it. The elements reference the US-Mexico fence inside the Pacific Ocean located in the neighborhood where she grew up. The performance is part of an ongoing series.
Mixed media installation with metal chain, ocean water, sand and algae; various sizes
Playas is an installation consisting of a metal chain that hangs and divides the space. Closer to the ground, the chain comes into contact with natural elements, including ocean water, sand and algae.
Site-specific installation with dirt, wood, marigolds, greens and food
9'x 6'x 5'
Sueños Vivos is a Day of the Dead Altar for El Museo Del Barrio. It is a tribute to anyone who has ever dreamed and worked hard for a better life, specifically the people that have lost their lives crossing into the United States.
The photographers are from El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (COLEF) archive taken by Roberto Cordova, Carla Reynosa, Norma Iglesias and Alfonso Caraveo. The ceramic work is by Fernanda Uribe from Tijuana, Mexico, who runs Punto Verde Ceramics, a sculptural project created in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
Mixed media site-specific installation with metal, transducers, custom-made speakers and audio, 10 meters
Line of Breath is a sound installation of the artist's breath recordings embedded on the Tijuana-San Diego political fence in an attempt to manifest a liminal state which the artist embodies and give life to this often neglected in-between.
“Line of Breath: El Querer Tocar”
excerpt: Mi Barda
Ricardo Cruz-Chong: sound editor
Cory Ring: video camera
Ximena A. Cuenca: video editor
Mixed media interactive installation with dirt, wood, speakers and audio, 45"X 12"X 8"
Organic Border is an interactive sound installation where participants blur the condensed line by triggering radio broadcasts from either Tijuana, Mexico or San Diego, California in an attempt to examine the malleability of dynamics and perceptions of this boundary.
Research excerpt: Organic Border
Critical design project with paper fortune tellers
Border Crossing Fortune Tellers are made for Mexican children who are learning how to behave when crossing the border from Tijuana, Mexico to San Diego, California driving
Mixed media interactive installation with dirt, wood, contact microphones, speakers and audio
30"X 30"X 60"
Rootedness is an interactive installation that when a person touches soil on a table, the sounds are amplified and speaker produced vibrations are emitted on the person’s feet and other parts of their body.
Mixed media interactive object with glass jar, wood, LED light and Arduino
Storing Light is an interactive object where as a person gets close to the jar, the light starts reading the color from an image depicting one of many candlelight vigils for the 43 Mexican students that went missing in 2014.
Body Subtleties is a site for a collection of gestures made by users based on self-recognition and imagination. It is a place to recognize our bodies' language and appreciate its subjectivity. Built using HTML, CSS, SASS, PHP, MySQL.
Artist book, 8”x"8”
A los 28 me tuvo/At 28 she had me compares and contrasts a collection of past and recent photographs with written memories in Spanish and English.
1. There; 2012, Digital print 30” x 40”
2. Sophia; 2010, C-print 17" x 11"
3. Cruzando; 2010, C-print 8.5” x 11”
4. Playa, Chicago; 2010, C-print / 8.5” x 11”