A grid of 12 square slabs made of corn masa, soil, orange peels, and culinary dishes

Jackie Amézquita

The history of Los Angeles is one of diasporic communities and migration. More than one-third of the city’s population is composed of Angelenos who have come here from all corners of the world, though especially from Mexico and Central America. Jackie Amézquita’s practice is a testimony to these histories in that she has herself lived through the impact of displacement and migration. Her primary materials are soil, corn masa (dough), limestone, salt, and copper, and she uses them to create sculptures that reflect on memory, collectivity, and transformation.


Jackie Amézquita (b. 1985, Quetzaltenango, Guatemala) received a BFA from ArtCenter College of Design in 2018 and an MFA from UCLA in 2022. Her work has been exhibited at the Vincent Price Art Museum, Monterey Park, California (2022); San Diego State University Gallery (2021); Fullerton College Art Gallery, California (2021); Armory Center for the Arts, Pasadena (2020); Annenberg Space for Photography, Los Angeles (2019); Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, California (2019); Human Resources, Los Angeles (2019); and Museum of Art and Design, New York (2018).