I Miss You/We Got This

Ms. Yellow (Nuria Ortiz)

It has been hard, not just for me, but for many people to not have much in-person human contact. I’ve heard lots of stories reflecting sadness. Those feelings are very valid. In this piece, I reflect that but in a more uplifting way. The birds can symbolize airplanes in the sky or paths. Two women are at the center, reaching for each other and longing for adventures with friends. The messages in their hair give you a peek into those feelings. But they must pass each other by for now and keep on their own path for the safety of their loved ones. The sun, moon and colors of the sky mirror time passing by. The flowers underneath keep growing.

My work explores themes such as culture, folklore, sisterhood, education, unity, love and social justice. This piece reflects optimism, hope, love and challenges of the virus.


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Business Improvement District

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Address 4123 Donald Douglas Dr Long Beach, CA (get directions)

GPS Coordinates 33.81801, -118.14499

Location Name Long Beach Airport

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