As a person I am aware of my cultural categorization, neither as native Mexicana nor Americana. As an artist, I strive to utilize this nomadic sensibility, by inserting myself between, among, and outside of the status quo of American and Mexican culture. As the sociopolitical climate of the border region remains controversial, I continue the conversation of permeability and how the perception of the actual line of the border can be reimagined. It is important to address that I believe borders are essential; borders in nature and the physical body (skin, blood), exemplify the importance of the marginalized bodies, as well as the importance of reciprocity between two entities. Barriers are what drive my artwork to respond to the dangers they implicate, for the peoples and environments involved, and bring forward the natural ways in which borders do and most importantly, could exist.
Through drawing, video, installation, performance and photography I render and illustrate contemporary life in the Southwest with a feminist perspective atop a fence that bisects one culture.
M. Jenea Sanchez was born and raised in Douglas, AZ / Agua Prieta, SON. After receiving her MFA from Arizona State University in 2011, she returned to Douglas to pursue her career in art and teaching. She is currently a faculty member at Cochise College in the Digital Media Arts Program and is the founder of Border Arts Corridor (BAC), a 501 (c)3 non-profit arts organization providing the borderlands community an immersive arts district through bi-national artwalks, workshops, performances, public dialogues and artist residencies.