Cassidy Araiza, Marcea Decker, Ariana Lujan. 2018 — ongoing.
Reata is a collaborative multimedia series that includes photos, textile art, and Super8 film by Cassidy Araiza, Marcea Decker, and Ariana Lujan—deeply informed by the three artists’ own histories rooted in Arizona. The work follows the perspective of Reata, the series’ protagonist, as she travels through Southern Arizona.
She embraces the landscape while standing in contrast to it, dressed in all black. This juxtaposition explores the central theme of this work: embodying contradictions—examining where defiance and belonging collide. Reata explores the landscape, as well as the self, within the liminal space of the desert.