Juan Carlos Escobedo

MFA ’15 Fine Arts 2D

This work explores liminal identities which are forced to maneuver through varying socioeconomic backgrounds and racial cultures. HouseMan is a creature that finds itself in a new world and uses his homes as a protection. These homes, which were originally a source of comfort, become a burden because of the negative connotations their appearance exudes. Beneath HouseMan’s façade exists a body which is an amalgamation of the different environments he has inhabited. HouseMan’s presence causes a psychological and physical volatility which results in an ungrounded being searching for a “steady” space to exist in. Originally, I thought of HouseMan’s existence as something to pity because he would never have the ability to identify himself or acclimate to a space. Now I see his identity allows him to enter and exit spaces at will. Houseman exists in a place of constant tension but also, as Gloria Anzaldua describes, in a place “where the missing or absent pieces can be summoned back, where transformation and healing may be possible, where wholeness is just out of reach but seems attainable.”

Juan C. Escobedo (B.1985 El Paso,TX) explores his identity as a brown, Mexican-American queer male, raised in a low-socioeconomic community along the US/Mexico border. His work consists of installations, objects and video collages primarily composed of cardboard, a material charged with preconceived notions of crudeness, utilitarianism, disposability and brownness— characteristics which parallel Escobedo’s identity.

View the Houseman series on Vimeo.