Gina Gwen Palacios

Drawing on my family history and Mexican American identity, I use traditional and non-traditional materials, including paint, cardboard, cotton, and sandpaper, to highlight often underrepresented people and cultural narratives. Abogada is a recreation of an immigration business card painted onto an embroidered American Flag. The flag represents what the American dream means to many people: employment, opportunity, and citizenship with recognition of civil, political, and social rights. I redeployed the flag, a symbol of freedom and democracy as well as colonial and capitalist power, to subvert the racist, xenophobic, and nationalistic feelings in the current political climate. Currently in the US, many immigrants and refugees are being detained in remote locations with limited access to legal services or information about their rights. They are expected to fight for due process and justice without the means or access to legal representation. If someone you know is being detained, please help them get in contact with legal representation by calling the number on this artwork, or finding an attorney at 

Gina Gwen Palacios is a multimedia artist living in South Texas. She earned an MFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design, a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Studio Art at Brandeis University, an MA from The University of Texas at Austin in Instructional Technology, a BA from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi in TV/Film and an AA from Del Mar College in Radio/Television. Palacios is currently an Assistant Professor of Painting/Drawing and the Associate Director for the School of Art & Design at The University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley.