ARTIST STATEMENT for Dónde Está El Baño
As one who was born and raised in Texas and has a weakness for the taste of Mexican food, there's no telling how many of these restaurants my need for comfort food has taken me to. Only recently have I begun to document the experiences.
Dónde Está El Baño is a collection of images captured to celebrate the explosion of colors and diversity of styles that greets one upon arrival into the men's restroom at Mexican restaurants across the country.
Images were captured in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Georgia, Illinois, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, New York, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Tennessee, and Texas. Fourteen states down, only 36 more to go,
Capturing the first impression upon entering into the private sanctuary of El Baño never fails to surprise. Nothing is added, subtracted, or rearranged. What you see is what I saw.
From elegant to janky, the visual assault on the eyes is often as spicy as the welcomed incursion of the jalapeños on the taste buds. And God knows I love the unexpected!