The recollection of events and structures that lead one’s daily life such as maps, the magic of belief in the forces of physics, and deep embedded images from baroque Mexican facades are present in Miguel Rivera's work. Layers of signifiers appear and disappear as if dormant memories that the artist reinvents through form and color processing his experience as outsider living in an adopted environment.
Rivera's work is a progression of manipulated photos and vector drawings, images are distilled from memories in Argentina, Mexico and the US, which are then edited by the destructive nature of laser energy. Patterns such as the Spanish colonial immigration, nautical routes, and viruses are also incorporated into his work. When finished the final piece serves as a historic record of Rivera's process of exploring, collecting, and creating a visual memory.