“Te Quiero Con Limon y Sal” is a mural I designed intended to capture the Mexican-American identity in Austin, Texas. As the Mexican population in Austin continues to grow, Mexican culture continues to infuse itself more within the culture of Austin. For me, murals are often created as a direct reflection of a said community. In order to reflect the Mexican-American community in Austin, I chose to make the topic of my mural “Te Quiero Con Limon y Sal” (I love you with Lemon and Salt). I wanted to keep the fun loving feel of the city and I did so by alluding to other murals such as “You’re my Butter Half” and the “I Love you so Much.” In doing so I poked fun at the claim many Mexicans make when they say everything tastes better with a little lime and salt. By adding a little lime and salt, you put the finishing touches on a perfect snack, drink, or in a metaphorical sense: a relationship. Although this mural is not a direct in your face form of activism, it was meant to bring awareness of the population that often gets culturally appropriated. After seeing the effect it had by positioning it on campus, I saw that it started a conversation about where this mural would be located out in the real world and how it was needed in the community. It also influenced people who didn’t know what the phrase meant to ask questions. Those who asked questions learned more about Mexican culture.
I painted my mural on two pieces of plywood because I soon realized it was hard convince someone to let you paint on their wall when you have never painted a mural before! However, I overcame this obstacle by making my own canvas and I hope to see it hanging up in Austin really soon.
Julieta Venegas’ lyrics to her song Limon y Sal was also a big inspiration when I was thinking of the right phrase to paint.