Paula Nicho Cúmez
Crusando Fronteras / Crossing Borders

Oil on canvas - 24 x 32 in. 

An indigenous woman takes flight, transcending the boundaries that have held her back. Rising into the air, still dressed in her native traje, the woman retains her identity—her culture.

This image suggests a woman overcoming the poverty, violence, and discrimination that have oppressed Maya women for centuries. Perhaps it also refers to immigrant women crossing the frontiers on their way to a new life in Mexico or the United States .

Millions of Maya have fled to Mexico , and tens of thousands have come to the U.S. seeking jobs and refuge from continuing violence.