An American Story - 3 Generations of a Mexican Family in America

James Trevino's avatar James Trevino

My grandfather was a migrant worker. After my father's birth in rural Texas in 1929, he was given a choice of U.S. citizenship or returning to Mexico. He chose to return to Mexico and with his savings, bought a ranch in Nuevo Leon. There he would farm the land and raise his family of 12. My father, who was the youngest, left Mexico at the age of 15 to make it on his own. At 18, my father met my mother-to-be in Chicago, they marry and start a family. Far away from the ranch, he begins his 40 year job at Inland Steel in Indiana. When I was 18, I studied art at Indiana University. I have struggled, but I would not toil as he did. My father stressed education because he had very little of it. All 8 of his children would be college educated. At 18, my son studied music and horticulture. With interests in sustainable farming, my grandfather is remembered. This American Story reflects our family's journey back to the land in three generations and is dedicated to my father.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 2-D
  • Depth: 5 ft.
  • Medium: Mixed, photography on canvas, plants, video and lights.
  • Width: 10 ft.
  • Year created: 2016
  • Height: 6 ft.