In “Untitled” (Portraits of Immigrants in Limbo), a corner pile of hand-painted, cardboard Social Security cards, I reference the candy pile portraits made by artist Felix Gonzales Torres, while reminding viewers of the pressing immigration crisis in America. Each time this piece is shown publicly, I create more cardboard cards for the pile. While Gonzalez Torres asked viewers to think about the decay of his partner’s body as it was ravaged by AIDS in “Untitled” (Portrait of Ross in LA) — I ask us to consider the growing body of humans trying to be seen and recognized as valuable citizens within our country.

Photographs courtesy of Maggie Shannon and SOHO20 Gallery