Published in Milenio

Decodificando el bule,  in collaboration with Fidel Geronimo for Arte/Sano ÷ Artistas 5.0. Here is an article that talks about the piece, the collaboration and the next iteration of the well known biennial.

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Art meets ecology

This Friday I will be part of a discussion series regarding ecology and contemporary art. I will be sharing about my role as collaborator in "A trashy tale", a recent project lead by Sandra Teitge and Franziska Pierwoss regarding the formal and informal economies in Mexico City's waste management. This event is free and open to the public. Join us and share your interest in related issues. 

Friday June 2, 2017

11:30 am- 2:00 pm

Unidad de Posgrado UNAM. Salón B002 Edificio B. Planta Baja

Sneak Peek to upcoming show

Been in the gallery working on some cool footage as part of the installation included in Unflinching Facades opening April 8. Come and view the collage, video and experience the installation I have been working on for the past months.

Upcoming two person show at Soo Visual Arts Center

Excited to be in Minnesota for the big event!!! You're invited to the opening!!


2909 Bryant Avenue South. Minneapolis, MN, 55408

Opening Reception:
Saturday, April 8, 2017 - 6-9PM
Show Runs:
April 8 - May 20

Unflinching facades explores the intersections of Carolina Borja and Jesse Matthew Petersen’s art. Both artists use layering and obfuscation in their process to convey larger concepts of manipulation and control. Collage, and multiple layers of alterations lend to a narrative of power structures and hidden agendas in both bodies of work.

Collaborating with Sandra Teitge and Franziska Pierwoss

Union representatives, waste pickers, government officials, architects, artists, academics, urbanists - all in one room at six tables!

In the context of Mexico City, a city that produces extreme levels of waste and in which, as a result, official and unofficial ‘waste management’ economies have emerged and co-exist, Pierwoss & Teitge are developing a dinner performance for the MUAC that will address the ambiguity of this situation.
During the culinary as well as discursive evening, questions of the local demands of organic waste management, informal economies, and waste crime in the city along with their social, political, and economic importance will be addressed. Around a menu, specifically conceived for this context, invited experts together with the audience are invited to converse over dinner.

This was an awesome experience and feel very greatful to have been involved in the project. I served as a local liaison for Teitge and Pierwoss during there stay in Mexico City and development of A Trashy Tale.

Piñata contest at Museo de Arte Popular

El Museo de Arte Popular in Mexico City has been hosting a contest where traditional hand made piñatas are created and exhibited. I was one of the many artists and artisans that participated. This was the 10th edition and each year the completion gets better. I look forward to the 11th.

My first Solo Exhibition

I am getting ready for the show!!! Thrilled to be a resident at The White Page Gallery and have my opening night August 19th. This work is titled Transplanting Cityscapes and comes to a surprise I am actually moving cities right after the show starts.

Fri, Aug 19, 2016 - Sun, Sep 25, 2016

Opening Night: Aug 19th 2016 7pm-10pm 

3400 Cedar Ave
Minneapolis, MN
Saturday - Monday (while exhibitions are up)
1PM - 5PM
*or by appointment

On View at the American Craft Council

The American Craft Council not only publishes their amazing magazine but they also exhibit craft and art in their lovely space. I got lucky and exhibited A Bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. Here is an article about my work, the experience and my interest in craft.


Income/Outcome: A Dialogue For Social Change. This is not a panel. 
An interactive conference where the attendees will explore their old money, gender and race constructs, change perspectives on their worth and design strategies to act on their newly defined values. The attendees will take away tools to negotiate and identify their power. In the process they will change their: Income/Outcome

Details:  Limit of 30 Participants.  Must register:

Interactive Discussion Topics:
1. Race and Gender Power: Perception and Reality. Facilitator: Carolina Borja.

2. What’s Your Street Value?  Know your worth: how the story you tell yourself matters. Facilitator: Kristi Hemmer

3. Art As Social Change: Is it All About The Money? Facilitator: Barbara Rogers Bridges

Sculpture Week

Very exciting week teaching sculpture to 10-13 year olds at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. It was awesome getting to know future artists and their work. Really cool to do all that inside the Museum. 


I am a fellow for the Minneapolis Art Lending Library!!!

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How it works:
Come to the American Craft Council on July 29th from 5pm-8pm to browse our collection of over 90 original artworks. Once you find one that you love, we will check it out for you. Then it's yours to display in your home or office for three months, free of charge!

If you are a first-time borrower, please make sure to bring a state-issued ID!

During this lending event patrons will have the opportunity to interact with an original installation by our summer artist fellow Carolina Borja (ME), 'Better a bird in the hand than two in the bush' a Mexican craft- paper mache piñata installation that incorporates sound and audience participation. The artist will also be available to meet and ask questions.

Friday, July 29th, 2016 5:00 - 8:00 PM
American Craft Council
1224 Marshall St NE #200, Minneapolis, MN 55413


work in progress show

These next two months are really exciting for me!! Many new pieces are coming together and I will show them in a couple of exhibitions. But before the work is totally done, I am exhibiting with my friend and artist Katie Beumer. Here are some picks of Half Baked.

I am a Juror

Last year, I got to pitch during ArtPrize Pitch Night at the Walker and it was incredibly exciting. This year I am a juror, which is equally exciting. This event is worth going, a very dynamic presentation with a winner. Come to the Walker and join the fun!!

Tune in and watch MN Original

I was part of last's cycle for Made Here, a storefront initiative. MN Original created a segment about the amazing project you can watch it online or tune in Sunday at 6pm on Twin Cities Public Television.

Watch their incredible episodes online or click here for their TV Schedule

City Sounds

Traveled to Des Moines IA for an incredible project. City Sounds invited a couple of artists to paint pianos for a public art initiative that is happening this summer. Pianos will be set around the downtown area and available for people to play. There is also some great events scheduled to activate those colorful pianos. 

Join the flash mob!!


This flash mob is a dynamic and bright performance that will leave a sensation of extra ordinary on an ordinary Tuesday. 
On February 16th at noon an ensamble of performers will take over the skyway link #36 in Lowertown St, Paul MN. I have been working on this project for a couple of months thanks to the support of Forecast Public Art and their Making it Public 2015 Grant.

These moving flower sculptures will be assembled and disassembled during the 10-minute performance. A documentary style monologue narrates the fictional story of a woman who works in the area and is going out to lunch, thinking about how her survival depends on her performance at work. 
I seek to highlight the collaboration that exists between individuals and organizations; addressing the importance of growth, belonging and productiveness in the community. I wish to promote consciousness on the co-dependency that exists in order to keep us a float. The piece talks about money but more focused on how it really is a constant energetic exchange rather than stacking up of currency.
Thanks if advance to Junauda Petrus and Bedlam Theatre for their collaboration.