biografía + declaración de arte
i was born and raised in el sur de California, United States to immigrant parents from Jalisco, México.
i come from a large family, having five other siblings. we moved around quite a bit when we were growing up but mostly between Fresno and Los Angeles counties. we would do a lot of outdoor activities too- wandering, hiking, fishing, camping, etc.
it was actually very difficult deciding on a career path to follow when i was in my 20s and it has been quite the struggle to stay focused on just one thing. i think that's why i got into ceramics; i can explore a variety of aesthetics, approaches and concepts within just the one medium.
currently, i am interested in future employment that provides me with a sense of purpose and in making artwork that parallels an environmental and sustainable state of mind.
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.
statement of thoughts
let's begin with my endless appreciation of the natural world because i believe that's where it all really stems from; i have always enjoyed the physical presence of landscapes and their corresponding ecological systems. i presume that enthusiasm derives from being exposed to nature and the outdoors at a very young age and, fortunately, it has stayed with me through the years. resulting, of course, in my fascination with the way landscapes spread, the ambiance they create, how they transform, and the layers, objects, and components that shape them.
i could ramble on for days...long story short: after some time, i began to see my installations as my own little landscapes; we all create them, like the natural landscapes that surround us, they are also composed of a variety of layers and objects. everything that we are, everything we have lived through, the music we enjoy, things and objects we collect, our families and friends, the places we have lived in, our favorite movies and music, our goals, failures, culture, language, etc. all collaborate to shape and form these environments.
of course, these experiences are subjective. filters associated with both my perspectives of life and my aesthetics derive from making a choice on identifying as a female, a pocha (a person of mexican heritage born and/or raised in the united states), a mestiza (mixed with native and spanish blood), a minority surviving in the united states, and everything else that is attached to those identifications. i continue to experience this world as a spanish-speaking, brown female individual. my heritage and lineage have always been something important to me and a few years ago i had the opportunity to process those dna kits you purchase online and i was surprised by how much information it provided. i found out that i have a little more than sixty percent native blood and that that percentage is mostly acquired from the regional mexican states of jalisco, michoacán, and guanajuato (in order of highest to lowest). isn't that amazing?!
currently, my installations have expanded into fluctuating displays, encompassing a variety of materials and reflecting within its crevices and pockets mementos of my life. it is my hope that among all the clutter of materials, texture, color, and objects, the viewer can find something familiar that resonates within them. for isn't that what we all seek? connectivity; things and/or experiences that we share with other people. i enjoy making these little landscapes and i also enjoy reinstalling my pieces in various versions and places; like us, these landscapes spread, grow, and overlap. and it is in this overlap where my work comes alive and interacts with the viewer.
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, individuality, and sustainability.
i stand with all peoples, movements and organizations that are here to better humanity and protect the 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 and active during these revolutionary political times.
thank you for taking the time to read this.
equity for all ☀︎