In my work, I utilize the language of comics and the recurring image of a cartoonish bird to address the difficult themes of bigotry, trauma, spousal abuse, and alienation. My work is mean to shock, anger, and antagonize the viewer. My artwork is a product of my experiences, and I use the figure of the bird to represent myself. This bird is inspired by the many parakeets my grandmother had in her backyard in Puerto Rico. I wanted to make this bird easy to see, with simple bold lines that are easy to draw and spray paint. These bold lines give this character a similar appearance to the Hanna-Barbera cartoons of the ’70s.