Born in Guadalajara, Mexico, Einar and Jamex de la Torre are brothers who moved to Southern California in their teens and received their formal art training at California State University, Long Beach. They now maintain a studio in San Diego and another across the Mexican border in Ensenada, Baja California. Into their work the de la Torre brothers incorporate time-honored styles such as Mexican folk art and symbols of Catholicism as well as universal issues such as gender roles and cultural integration. They combine the ancient and sophisticated art of blown glass with disparate materials such as barbecue grills, metal racks, leather, industrial remnants, and other found objects, resulting in works that defy notions of high art and good taste. Their attitude toward Catholicism and its various popular expressions is both respectful and irreverent. “The Source: Virgins and Crosses” (1997) consists of numerous glass vaginas inscribed with female names and a corresponding number of glass crosses with male names, paired together as couples. Whereas the female genitalia refer to Catholic dogma, the crosses refer to the Passion of Christ and the martyrdom of contemporary youths who have died as the result of drugs, gang warfare, and social violence.