and shapes bind the images in a landscape of metamorphic allegories; the mind
subtracts, attracts, and detracts memories, situations delegated to subconscious
aberrations on canvas filled with chemical strata and sticks.
The insane suggestions from the expressionistic metaphors on the canvas, the
convoluted lines joining in the infinity come back to haunt you The
BARRIO dominates everything.
LA KATHY MENDOZA
The name itself represents an example of neo-mestizaje that is unique to the
U.S.-Mexico border. La Kathy Mendoza is someone who is a professional,
a sophisticated Latina who has reached a certain status in the community.
It is the Latina who people do not see, who is always battling stereotypes.
The smooth large figure, and its monolithic simplicity posseses the quality
of the Atlantes from Tula, Mexico which were created more than
twelve hundred years ago by the Toltec civilization who were the artists par
excellence of pre-Columbian Mexico. The psychological impact of the piece
never lets you forget its mythological roots. It is the elongated neck and
figure that suggest a Giacometti-like quality. All this, together with its
simple shapes and color schemes, open up the image to the spectator.
This painting started
as a portrait of a friend but soon developed into almost a self-portrait.
Beyond that, it depicts a very young, dignified Mexican-American who is very
proud of his Mexican ancestry. He is not an agachado anymore,
the submissive product of three hundred years of brutal Spanish domination.
He is someone who ignores the racism that surrounds him, and tries to assimilate
into the normal American way of life. He is no longer the Zoot
suiter, Pachuco, Cholo of yesteryears. There are still hints of machismo.
His true identity is concealed behind his shades, the perfect accessory to
ogle the young girls passing by.
It is a very simple but well balanced work that evokes the Chicano spirit
in every stroke and in every drop of Liquitex. The size of the work and the
pure bright colors have hints of muralism and abstract expressionism. The
color scheme evokes a certain place, time and mood. He stands apart because
he projects himself into the future without leaving the canvas.