I spent some time today checking out the work of Pilar Acevedo. She uses mixed media including found objects, dolls, text, and paint to express surreal narratives.
In her artist statement she mentions she uses mixed media because she's interested in the idea of "memory as layer", especially as it relates to children who experience events of death or abuse.
Pilar is especially inspiring because she founded The Art Alternative, an arts based preschool for at-risk youth. This is an artist not only expressing these issues through her artwork, but also providing solutions through hands-on teaching.