Artists Statement

I am a mixed media artist. My experience as a first-generation Mexican–American woman and cancer survivor impacts my work. The works I create symbolically communicate larger experiences like immigration, multiculturalism, political race relations, and pandemic isolation at a time when arguably our community needs it most.

My art aims to capture experiences in powerful abstract forms that are open to individual sense-making and interpretation. It has been especially important for me during the current time of isolation to create an environment in which I feel at peace. Having grown up with immigrant parents, I deem it essential that my work celebrates my ties to the Latino community. Thus, using and incorporating non-traditional simple materials such as plaster, plywood, and grouting tools in my creative process serves not only to mark the isolation but also to connect my work to the Latino labor force, which both of my parents contribute to. Both of my parents instilled in me the meaning of hard work and determination. This was done when my mother would take me and my sisters to work, to clean homes or when I would help mow lawns in the Texas heat with my father, a landscaper. 

 This experience led me to have a great appreciation for those who work in laborious jobs. A line of work that many immigrants and people of color are left to do. As a painter, I aim to create pieces that I feel honor those whose job is unnoticed by many in society. It is the way I stay connected to my cultural roots, specifically my Mexican heritage. Porque tengo un orgullo inmenso por ser Mexicana. A viewer may not have that association upon first glance of my work, but that is also intentional . . . I do not create works that outwardly symbolize Mexico or the Latino culture in order to keep them inviting to all audiences.


My mixed media and collage art represents experiences and identities in ways that are not only salient for the contemporary moment in history we’re all experiencing via the coronavirus pandemic, racial protests, and politics, but it will continue to speak to people from all walks of life who are working to make sense of this period in our collective and individual lives.

I was diagnosed with cancer my freshman and again, my sophomore year of college. Upon recovering my health, I transferred from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles to continue my studies at Columbia College in Chicago and the University of Kansas in Lawrence. I was a Gilman scholar for my studies at Florence University of the Arts in Italy where I studied Italian culture and interior architecture. My travels abroad have led me to develop a deep fervor to collaborate creatively through diversity.

My spirit drives me to make my art available to the general public and I look to display works that establish ease and profound movement and texture. I plan to continue to travel and be a part of the global society that surrounds me by further examining topics of belonging, identity, and culture throughout my newest works.


My spirit drives me to make my art available to the general public and I look to display works that establish ease and profound movement and texture. I plan to continue to travel and be a part of the global society that surrounds me by further examining topics of belonging, identity, and culture throughout my newest works.

 

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