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Aaron De La Cruz

Type of Work: mural

Aaron De La Cruz’s work, though minimal and direct at first, tends to overcome barriers of separation and freely steps in and out of the realms of design, graffiti, and illustration. The parameters he has chosen to work within actually allow him to free himself and react to the very limitations he has created. This overriding structure and the lack of deliberation while moving within creates a tension when encountering his work due to the almost computer-generated grid-like systems he creates by unplanned mark making. The act and the marks themselves are very primal in nature, but tend to take on distinct and sometimes high meanings in the broad range of mediums and contexts they appear in and on. His work finds strengths in the reduction of his interests in life to minimal information. De La Cruz gains from the idea of exclusion; just because you don’t literally see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there.

I decided to use this story as my source of inspiration for a few reasons. Growing up, I battled with learning how to read, so this story reminded me of my hardships during that time in my life. I also reflected on when my parents would speak Spanish around my brother and I, so we wouldn’t know what they were saying, but we eventually caught on. In my design, you can see 12 large black designs. These illustrations are deconstructed letters and represent the black ink of a book, as well as the 12 stairs Sophie talks about in her story. There are also a few commas and periods, as I felt these were strong metaphors on her outlook on life and the advice she was given.