El Paso 8/3/19,

Roberto Jose Gonzalez

Acrylic on canvas | Acrílico sobre tela
101.6 x 243.8 cm (40 x 96 in)
Collection of the artist | Colección del artista
Photo courtesy of the artist | Imagen cortesía del artista

Artist’s Statement

El Paso 8/3/19 is in honor of the 23 massacre victims in the El Paso, Texas Walmart Massacre, on August 3rd, 2019. No Hate, No Fear represents those in shock and sorrow trying to make sense of the horror.

Twenty-three others were seriously wounded in the shooting. The shooter wrote that he was specifically hunting Mexicans. It is a tragedy where few words can express the pain and sorrow experienced. The loss of life and wounding of the victims has been profoundly traumatizing to the families, citizens of El Paso, and the Nation. The attack is considered the deadliest attack on Latinos in modern American history. I wanted to show something beyond the abstract words we heard spoken of the victims. By using skeletons for those who have been affected by this tragedy, I am connecting to the ancient Mexican tradition of acknowledging and accepting the reality of death, the honoring of our ancestors, and the celebration of life. Speak truth to hate. Hate is wrong. Violence is wrong. Hate is a lie. I choose the truth of love.