Artist Statement

"I sit between warmth and cold never knowing which is my territory..."
Gloria Anzaldúa, Borderlands/La Frontera

Chicana scholar-poet Anzaldúa writes about dwelling in nepantla:  a reality that is neither this nor that, ní de aquí, ni de allá, forever caught in the space between worlds, between cultures. She embraces this mixed-race, mixed-language mestizaje life as full of contradiction and ambiguity, a space that defies language and convention yet resonates with the purpose and knowledge of the ancestors. I, too, embrace these contradictions. My work as an artist was birthed from this embrace.

Rooted in the practice of drawing and painting, my work is figurative and unabashedly personal. I use vibrant color and shapes observed or abstracted from nature to build narrative, recover memory and imagine alternative histories. My personal, ancestral and cultural stories—mythic, imagined, and real—are source material through which I explore the intersection of craft and material, intuition and intention. My work asks, to what visual tradition do I  belong?  Ní de aquí, ní de alla.

Content and color is informed by my bicultural and bilingual identity. I am critically aware that my choices in conventions of form and space, which is to say the visual language I am always trying to find, are loaded with cultural context and meaning. So I choose deliberately and consciously. This is true of my material choices, as well. Whether I am working in paint, vinyl or steel, I work to transform the material into an shared visual-mnemonic and tactile experience.

Hybridity, multiplicity and contradiction inspire me. The plaintive sits beside the mystical. I see this nepantla, or tierra en medio, as a space of resistance, consciousness and hope.  

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