My work has been about many things over the years, but the one common theme that runs through every genre of work is identity. As my relationship to both my internal and external world constantly shifts, so does the focus of what aspect of identity I explore in my work. Subsequently, my work has focused on identity as it pertains to gender and gender roles, ethnicity, class, and more recently on identity as it pertains to home, place, and food.
I grew up as a second generation Latin-American in a household where my parents chose not to speak Spanish to my siblings and me. This is part of what fuels my lifelong quest to figure out who I am. To seek out our collective commonalities. My art’s deeply personal beginning becomes an attempt to narrate a collective experience. Through art, I attempt to bridge the gaps that occur when we llimit ourselves to verbal language, time, or place.
The mediums of paint, fabric, and paper, marry my deep love of color with my innate relationship to line. Text and the narrative rhythm in my compositions harken back to my first childhood reading experiences—picture books. Which is why my art insinuates stories and dialogues but never “tells”. The empty, ambiguous spaces and silhouettes invite the viewer to participate and tell the story for themselves--the "I" is consciously absent, so the "you" of the viewer can enter and participate.
The realm of the domestic, i.e. houses, bowls, and beds, serve as both metaphorical and literal references to home and the roles we fill within that context. My use of collage alludes to a persistent awareness of the day-to-day aspects of life, the detritus of our daily existence that we often tend to overlook and forget--like shopping lists or receipts. It's also about the parts of ourselves that we shed--either nightly in our dreamstates, or over the years through personal growth.