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Michelle Angela Ortiz (contemporary), American

Eres Mi Todo (You Are My Everything), 2016

Digital Print, Artist Proof 1

Purchased with funds provided by the Art Angels

Collection of La Salle University Art Museum, 16-G-3751

This print is integral to discussions of public health and immigration. It is such a powerful expression of the experience of separation. This print is used in the graduate introduction to public health course. Students consider the separation experienced by families trying to immigrate to the U.S. They describe and discuss the image, often highlighting the deep sadness and loss portrayed and the very difficult decisions families such as the one represented are forced to make. They grapple with issues of human rights, dignity and discrimination in relation to immigration policies, and discuss the role of public health in addressing these issues and advocating for families such as the one represented in the print.

-Candace Robertson-James, DrPH, MPH

Director and Assistant Professor, Master of Public Health Program

“This image draws attention to the adversities that numerous immigrants face when working towards living in the United States. Often, foreigners migrate to this country for safer living conditions, higher-paying jobs and valuable school systems. I believe Michelle Ortiz illustrates the harsh reality of families being separated because of trying to live in the United States. I believe that the two people in the photo are shown in an intimate way to describe that they only have each other because their family is split apart. The rose thorn vine around them might show the pain they are faced with as a consequence of living in Philadelphia with another family member in prison. This is a great way to show the perspective of immigrant populations in the U.S. and their obstacles to physically and mentally live healthier lives.”

- Jeanine Gill

First Year MPH Student

Expanded Literacies

  • 7. Health and Financial Literacy

Effective Expression

  • 9. Creative and Artistic Expression

Active Responsibility

  • 11. Cultural and Global Awareness and Sensitivity
  • 12. Collaborative Engagement

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Collection of La Salle University Art Museum; Copyright: Artwork © Michelle Angela Ortiz