My disposition has been irrevocably stamped by my experience as a
first generation American, millennial and my role as a mother. Gender
roles, contradictions and the current political and social climate have helped mold the realm of my consciousness and left me with a
pervasive sense of dislocation and reconciliation. In my paintings, I attempt to assimilate and explore the varying relationships between the tasteful and the profane, reality and absurdity, and the local and the foreign. I do this by juxtaposing well rendered images with impulsive marks, and sculptural elements. Like Cisco Jimenez and Nicole Eisenmann, I enjoy using a bit of acid humor when referring to people’s collective imaginary.
I devise glaring inconsistencies by creating tension between the
subject matter and color palette, employing anachronistic imagery and
placing popular regional imagery out of context. I do this to give
images an opportunity to escape their stereotypes, preconceived roles
or emphasize their roles to the point of absurdity. I gravitate towards images that are exaggerations of the things I think define me and my surroundings. My work is not about identity nor is it an exploration of my inner self. My work is about perspectives and experiences. I am attempting to create new ways of thinking and create new associations to challenge the viewer’s perspective and assumptions while searching for new icons to represent those of us who feel we are displaced or somewhere in between.
I am a Laredo native and San Antonio transplant/lover. I'm married to a guero from New York named Chris and we have a sweet little güerita named Julie. I've always loved to draw and learn new ways to create art. Before my recent college art courses the only art training I had was in small weekly classes at "papelerias" (school and art supply stores) in Nuevo Laredo, MX during the summers. I attended San Antonio College for a few years and fell in love with my painting classes. I work mostly with acrylics and charcoal. I started off by making more "controlled" paintings, usually drawing from life or pictures, making portraits of my daughter and paintings of bulls.
In the past year, I've tried painting what comes to mind, often ending up with a chaotic, cluttered yet harmonious piece (when I'm lucky). I love pretty things and gravitate towards saturated, bright colors, harsh, rough brush strokes and inky, dark, contrasting, expressive marks. I left SAC with a merit based scholarship and 7 pieces, which are currently on display, in the juridic student art show. I also have a piece on display in Gallery 201 in my hometown. I am currently awaiting my first semester as a fine arts student, with a concentration in painting at UTSA.