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 experiences like immigration, multiculturalism, political race relations, and pandemic isolation at a time when our community, arguably, needs it most.
My art aims to capture experiences in powerful abstract forms that are open to individual interpretation. It has been especially important during the current time of isolation for me to create an environment where I feel at peace, and having grown up with immigrant parents, I also deem it essential that my work celebrates my ties to the Latino community. Incorporating simple, non-traditional materials such as plaster, plywood, and grouting tools in my creative process represents feelings of isolation during the pandemic and connects my work to the Latino labor force, which both my parents contribute to.
My parents instilled in me the meaning of hard work and determination. My mother took my sisters and me to clean homes with her, and I helped mow lawns in the Texas heat with my father, a landscaper. These experiences gave me deep appreciation for those who work laborious jobs – jobs that many immigrants and people of color are left to do. As a painter, I aim to create pieces that honor those whose jobs go unnoticed by many in society. That is how I stay connected to my cultural roots, specifically my Mexican heritage. Porque tengo un orgullo inmenso por ser Mexicana. A viewer may not make that connection, but that is also intentional. I do not create works that outwardly symbolize Mexico or Latino culture to keep them inviting to all audiences.
My mixed media and collage art represent experiences and identities in ways that are not only salient for the contemporary moment we are experiencing via racial protests, politics, and the coronavirus pandemic, but also for 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 year of college and a second time during my sophomore year. Upon recovering my health, I transferred from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles to Columbia College in Chicago and then University of Kansas in Lawrence. I was also 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 led me to develop a fervor for collaborating creatively through diversity.
My spirit drives me to make my art available to the public, and I seek to create works that establish ease and profound movement through texture. I plan to continue examining topics of belonging, identity, and culture throughout my newest works by continuing to travel and by being part of the global society that surrounds me.