The first piece, Pepinera Icógnita, explores the idea that borders are not necessarily geographic locations, but abstract boundaries. Although the woman that inspired the work entered the country legally, her transformation into an illegal immigrant forced her to construct boundaries between herself and others. These lines of demarcation protect her image in a society where she fights to be perceived like everyone else; not the stereotypical illegal immigrant. If her borders are penetrated, she potentially risks her career, her relationship, and her social standing. Her primary fear is not one of violence and abuse, but of losing the way of life she has struggled to build. Like other illegal immigrants, she has violated laws to create a better future for herself and her boundaries are the bulwarks needed to keep that dream alive.