Tortilla Wall


Making tortillas has been part of our family for as long as anybody remembers. The tradition is part of our cultural identity, yet has now almost disappeared. My grandmother still made thousands of tortillas.

Forty frames with handmade flour tortillas, transparencies, paint and wood tell the story of tortilla making in my family. The Tortilla Wall is the largest manifestation of my Tortilla series so far.

40 x 100"
Mixed media



As a young wife, my grandmother used to make huge stacks of tortillas. When she was done, she would line up her children who had to guess how many tortillas were in the stack. My mom still remembers fondly that the one with the closest guess would receive an extra tortilla. At a time when the family was very poor, this was a priceless treat. (Detail from Tortilla Wall, 2008)