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Myra Eastman

Myra Eastman is a painter living in Santa Cruz, California. She is the 2018/19 recipient of the Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship. Her narrative paintings depict with ironically cheerful color the grist of human inhumanity. Her latest work explores the exodus of Central Americans from their home countries to the southern border of the United States. Her series “The Great Migration: El Salvador to Santa Cruz” began as a response to a 2016 Homeland Security and Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raid in El Salvadoran enclaves in Santa Cruz, California, terrorizing neighborhoods with flash bangs, low-flying helicopters, and armored vehicles. This series seeks to explore the roots of El Salvadoran migration to Santa Cruz in the 1980s as a direct result of the civil wars raging in Central America. The series “Migration North” visualizes both the treacherous journey migrants and refugees undertake and the consequences of family separations at the border.


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