In 2004, I saw my first llama in The United States at a friend’s farm in South Dakota. It intrigued me to see llamas in the great plains instead of the Andes of Perú, where they are an everyday, common sight.
The oddness of llamas in The United States got me thinking more about the relationship between llamas and myself. There were conversations with farmers and locals about how llamas are better than dogs at protecting sheep from coyotes. They are bigger and taller and could see the coyotes from greater distances. Somebody brought llamas for a specific purpose.
Like the llamas, I am not from the States, I am from Perú. This odd association made me remember that I am an immigrant. In my art work llamas are a symbol of immigration. My mad llamas are similar but different and as unique as humans. They have different colored hair and eyes to symbolize various national identities. They look angry but playful and whimsical.