Ceci Tejeda has been creating paper mache sculptures - or cartoneria as it is known in Mexico - for over a decade. When she first started, it was merely for fun, but as the artist grew and her worldview shifted, she started to reflect her traditions and the movement for justice in our city (Milwaukee) in her artwork.
Upon moving to Milwaukee, Tejeda's art has become her salvation. “[Creating art] makes us (people in her community) feel like part of the city, part of any city where we are — and makes us feel like one,” says the artist.
Through skeletons, cactus, skulls, and alebrijes made of paper mache Tejeda helps to print the Mexican-Milwaukean culture in the city's history.