and life experiences have been the foundation of my art. Looking back, with
all my academic training, I still feel and see the common bond with heritage,
family and rituals. As much as I would like to stray, I have reached a point
of acceptance and placement of fate. Fate has made me a woman, fate has made
me Latina, and fate has made me an artist.
I have always been glad to be a female, recalling my elementary years of how
proud I was to attend an all girl school. It prepared me to look forward for
the year 2000, as if it was going to be a passage of time, which would allow
me the freedom to say as I wished, with knowledge, and some experience.
My art has been a dissection of my interpretation of being a Latina woman,
born and raised in a border city. The flare of colors, scents, emotions, responsibilities,
freedoms, and even boundaries (created by ourselves, society, environmental
or peers) is my exploration. My art began with death or the death of women
and their identities. Slowly, it has evolved to the celebration of what it
is to be a woman. The freedom of choices of feminine versus masculinity, beauty
versus grotesque, spoiled versus unspoiled, are only words to the eye of the
beholder, but never do my women have that knowledge. They are about sexuality
whether masked by psychological debate of within or a partner or the viewer.
The sheer agony of what change and growth entails. This growth has been depicted
by my series of the "Border Bride".
This series began with the obsession of the ritual of marriage, love and sex,
but mostly about the ritual of the physical marriage. Choices made, dates
to fill, commitments to keep, unconditional acceptance, and lastly insanity.
And when everything is in place and the ritual is about to begin the questions
are about to start or even show through the eyes, and even gesture of the
bride. I sincerely believe that the way the wedding is planned and executed
will be the life of the bride. Whether the wedding has been planned for her
or whether she took control, or if it was a mutual partnership, people giggle
at the latter.
research demanded for the works to be primarily of monoprints rather than
multiples of each image. They also demanded a space where all the senses would
be on demand. The scents of perfume, flowers, and sugar, the colors of passion
and hate and even innocence, the sound of music of love and heartache and
the touch of layers of textures and fabrics. All of this is what a "Border
Bride" is all about, because there is nothing wrong with vanity, rather it
is celebrated through my brides. My brides are of all ages, all innocents,
classes and are all uniquely picked out because of stories and poses anyone
can relate. Stories of the marriages, which struggled through poverty, infidelities,
identity, lack of love or commitment, and the marriages that triumphed through
perseverance, love, dedication and fate. All were about the woman who believed
in the fairy tale marriage of life is good or will be good if…
As time and obsessions pass or maybe mature, there are other thoughts such
as life, death, and children. Fears of innocents and the abuses of innocents
were the beginning of another self-reflection and study. This series deals
with the physicality of birth. This is a topic, which everyone at some point
in life might explore, especially if life holds the cards of bearing children.
Once indestructible, now an adult can feel vulnerable and powerless to the
fate and the surroundings of good and evil. Maybe this is a time of spirituality,
yet Beauty still in the vocabulary of my studies.
My art would not be if it were not for my familia; mother, father, aunts,
great aunt, sisters, brothers, nieces and nephews and my husband and children.
They have been by eyes and ears to my culture and heritage.