Emotions are mostly expressed by the direct contact of the
human eye. The ability to see was my primary ambition at the beginning of
my artistic career. Another very interesting form of expression to me was
to try to metamorphose the mystical images of dreams into inspiration for
In recent years I have become intrigued by the mysteries of other people lives.
By consequence, I have developed an interest in reading biographies that often
do not include photographs. By reading such books one has the opportunity
to imagine the visual history without someone else's interpretations. This
interest took shape in my last solo exhibit entitled Mujeres de Cuatro Siglos
(Women of Four Centuries) and was my artistic biography of women of the last
milagros rojos de Antonieta
I have always admired the connection and passion expressed in the brief life
of Antonieta Rivas Mercado (1900-1931), celebrated writer, editor, and dynamic
patron and founder of both the theatre Ulises and Mexico's Symphony Orchestra.
She was destined to assume a place in history. Born to a family of influence,
her father was the architect responsible for Mexico City's iconic "Angel
de Independencia." Her life was tinted by personal tragedies; overwhelmed
by a failed arranged marriage and an unrequited love for a fellow artist,
Antonieta finally lost the only control she had over her life. In 1931, she
finally silenced her aching heart in the sacred sanctuary of Notre Dame.
In the celestial expanse where hearts are exchanged and souls united, the
senses are heightened to a profound and surreal degree. It is a moment in
time when curious cupids hover and destiny is left to chance. This painting
is a self-portrait of the moment when I offered, or rather when my heart offered
itself, to my future husband. When my soul recognized, out of many others
of similar stature and form, its one true mate.
Machismo is a powerful and oppressive reality for many women throughout the
world. It is an unwritten code of manhood, which implicitly defines and constrains
a woman's role in society. I came to know the limiting effects of machismo
in my family home as a little girl and into my adolescence. While I felt the
direct impact of machismo, it was never more potently manifested than during
the lives of my mother and grandmother. It was during the lives of these beloved
women that a preponderance of male aggression was seen as a symbol of virility.
My painting is a tribute to them, and to the countless other women who still
suffer this disturbing reality throughout our modern world.