Kimie Flores’s Artist Statement
My experience working on the Uvalde mural project was heavy. I grew up in Uvalde and went to Robb Elementary so the whole situation was soul-crushing. The town is small, so everyone knows each other. I picked Jackie specifically because I am friends with some of her family. It was important for me to be a part of this healing process and give back to my community. Working with Jackie’s family was great. They are so sweet and supportive, during the whole process we worked together to design the mural. We used two photos of Jackie that would best represent her: a picture from her communion and the last photo she took before the tragedy. We chose to incorporate little details like the necklace her grandmother gave her and some favorite colors to celebrate the things she loved. I later added the hummingbirds as a representation of the love between a mother and its young. We finalized the mural by incorporating the phrase “I love you to the moon and back.” Jackie’s family mentioned this was a common phrase that was said between them. Another detail that was important for the family was including the Eiffel Tower. Jackie always wanted to travel to Paris and experience French culture.