biografía + declaración de arte
yo nací y me crié en el sur de California, EE.UU., radicando particularmente en el valle de San Fernando, localizado en la zona norteña de la área mayor de la ciudad de los angeles.
we moved a few times within california when i was a younger, attending eight different schools and living in ten homes by the time i graduated high school. but being mobile really stuck with me and i really enjoy exploring new areas + places, collecting curiosities as i go.
outside of art, of course, i enjoy hiking local areas and roaming around in new places. i haven't traveled much but the domestic travel i have experienced has been very enjoyable. i hope to extend that travel in the future. it's fun to exist in new places and wander, unnoticed, in crowds of people.
my work has been shown nationally in places such as the American Museum of Ceramic Art in Pomona, California, at Fountain Art Fair in Miami Beach, Florida, at Birdsong Nature Center in Thomasville, Georgia, at Baltimore Clayworks in Baltimore, Maryland, in La Plaza de la Raza in Los Angeles, California, and at Cocina de Humo Gallery in Puebla, Mexico.
i would like to use this platform to acknowledge the lands i have lived in or visited frequently throughout my life. these lands were already occupied by their original peoples before being subjugated first by the spanish/europeans, next by the mexican empire (applies only to southwestern united states), and finally by the american government.
the santa clarita valley, california was occupied by the tataviam and chumash peoples; el municipio de tuxpan en el sur de jalisco, mexico was occupied by the p'urhépechas; the san fernando valley, california was occupied by tataviam, chumash, kizh, and tongva peoples; the san joaquin valley, california was occupied by the yokuts; tallahassee, florida was occupied by the mvskoke (muscogee/creek); and the antelope valley was occupied by the tataviam and serrano peoples.
for more information, please visit the native lands link listed under the contact tab.
we are, and will continue to exist, on occupied native lands.
declaración de arte
i make work to release any tensions, anxieties, questions, hopes, admiration, curiosities, and issues i have within the world around me. my current work has shifted to include more found objects, reused + recycled materials, to promote sustainability + my ability to refrain from purchasing anything just for the purpose of my art. i'm not always successful but i try.
please note that these changes are occurring gradually. deep changes like this don't happen overnight. it's a difficult process because i've never put those restrictions on my work before but i am patient enough with myself to allow these changes to evolve over time.
i continue to go through life collecting and storing memories; experiences as souvenirs. my individual sculptures and installations will always be reflections of these convictions. it is my hope that among these displays, viewers will be able to find something familiar that resonates within and makes them fully aware of how we're all connected. the fabric of humanity is composed of all of us and as individuals we have to be able to absorb that into our lives or at the very least consider it.
embedded within the concepts of my installations are continued ideas of identity, hybridity, survival, duality, politics, culture, society, community, transformation, justice, self awareness, traditions, feminism, domesticity, individuality, and sustainability.
i stand with all peoples, movements and organizations that are here to better humanity + protect our natural world. i stand with those that suffer injustices, abuse, and discrimination from corrupted, oppressive, hostile, and greedy powers of authority.
we are here to learn from each other, to respect our differences, and celebrate our commonalities.
may you keep yourselves safe during this horrendous pandemic + active during these revolutionary political times.
thank you for taking the time to read this. i know it was a lot ✭
equity for all ☀︎