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In her series 'Make 'Em All Mexican,' artist Linda Vallejo imagines #OscarsSoBrown

In her series 'Make 'Em All Mexican,' artist Linda Vallejo imagines #OscarsSoBrown

This may be the moment of #OscarsSoWhite, but one Los Angeles artist prefers to imagine it as the year of #OscarsSoBrown.

Since 2011, Linda Vallejo has transformed found bits of Americana -- a Bob’s Big Boy statue or figurines of Elvis and Gary Cooper from “High Noon” -- into more Mexican-ized icons with careful applications of brown paint. Big Boy therefore becomes “Muchachote,” Elvis becomes “El Vis” and Cooper is turned into “El Vaquero de High Noon.”

Now the artist has released a series of painted images that address

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