This work reflects my experiences growing up Chicano in the rural south. I use painting and collage to re-contextualize family stories that grapple with social stratification and dominant perceptions of racial difference. My work satirizes the bleak and brutal ideologies underpinning the concept of "Americana" by drawing on family photographs and pop culture imagery, exploring the dissonance between my Tejano heritage and my childhood aspiration to feel "normal" in a white space.