Ana Hernandez’s Artist Statement
The process in making this mural was bittersweet and cathartic. I had the opportunity to hear about Maite from her mother, Ana. She shared photos, as well as letters Maite had written.
Maite’s family participated in creating the mural by painting hearts. Her mother and two older brothers painted three fish representing each of them, following along a Kemp’s Ridley sea turtle which represents Maite. A Kemp’s Ridley turtle, the rarest sea turtle in the world, was just named after Maite by conservationists in Corpus Christi. Maite’s mother, Ana, also painted the heart on Maite’s iconic green Converse. Her favorite and the last pair of shoes she wore.