Date of Award

Spring 5-30-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)



First Advisor

Brian Shure

Second Advisor

Claudia Ford

Third Advisor

Daniel Heyman


Since 1993, hundreds of women have disappeared and died in the border area of Ciudad Juarez Mx. and El Paso TX. The crimes committed towards women of this area have become known as “Las Muertas de Juarez” or the Juarez Femicides. Modus Operandi is a commonly used term by Mexican authorities when referring to an investigation regarding a crime, and it often refers to their particular overly corrupt method of handling crime. This is a thesis project that I started with the intent of bringing awareness and reestablishing an identity for the hundreds of women today’s government and society have forgotten. Throughout my investigation, I created a series of projects that explore human identity, memory, beauty, violence, death, loss, and erasure as a means of communicating my own understanding of the problem. Here you will find a series of seven original prints that illustrate my interpretation of those previously mentioned explorations. Through the use of layering and repetition of images, marks and actions, I communicate a sense of erasure, but at the same time I remember and acknowledge the existence of the disappeared women. Making my viewers aware of the problem I’m exposing and changing their reality has been the purpose of my investigation.

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