Brown Girl, American Dream is an exploration of the American Ideals through young-Latina-eyes. By incorporating 60’s inspired imagery of the “White Picket Fence Home” with the complexities of the Latina experience, a small enclosed yard appears in the gallery. Balancing stereotypes of religion, sexuality and motherhood, these images collage together to tell a deeper-darker story than what the fence can protect us from.
A poetic ritual for the mujeres lost to inadequate reproductive health care. Black & Latina Women carry the largest number of deaths associated with birth through lack of financial assistance, abortion stigma/ limited access and religious influence.
A ritual for a heavy weight.
Presented in 2018 at the Manitou Art Center
This exhibition explores the fluidity of cultural isolation through a temporary lens.
Through performance, installation and images, these works speak on sympathetic viewpoints of
disconnect. The artists narrative is activated by extracting content from space, allowing
viewers to deeply examine stories such as diaspora separation, cultural identity and
personalized internal islands.
By placing the self in a non-binary form of separation, away from place, away from culture; we
drift from where we are, in search of better direction and meaning.
This activation performance speaks directly on returning PR back to PR. As an island that exists in so much political turmoil right now, and a place important to my story and heart, Puerto Rico is seeing a repetition in early colonial violence. This piece is a reparation. It is an act of returning sacredness to what was taken, is being taken and will be taken in the future.
Documentation by Dennis Nejtek
An altar for Latina bodies maneuvering our current political climate.
for the Planned Parenthood Exhibition 2018
For Latinas, there is strata within; it breaks us into who we are supposed to be, allowed to be, or expected to become. My entire life, I've understood myself as image unfulfilled. I could be the overly prude and Catholic archetype, the hyper-sexualized exotic, the violent other, the house wife, the baby-maker, the bruja, the maid - it goes on and on. We all work endlessly to deny these stereotypes, but what happens when we embrace them: when we decide who we want to be? I find that I am constantly re-configuring the politics of my own body and the complexities of my identity. Through found-object assemblage, I can transform these personas into ephemera of significance. I dissect and reassemble them into something holy and honorable. My strata is personal, political and poetic
Yo Soy I Am
Presented at the Heller Center
100 Potions for Puerto Rico is a fundraising project to raise money and awareness for Puerto Rico post Hurricane Maria.
90 bottles are individually crafted by the artist with 10 made by strangers in Puerto Rico to speak upon their own experiences.
Broads, Blood Backlash was presented in partnership with artist Camille Murdock as a protest performance to shut down FOSTA-SESTA.
Assembled West, presented at Rooted Studio in Colorado Springs, was the brainchild of 5 mixed-media artist’s Gay Haulting, Cymon Padilla, Meredith Anne, Riley Bratzler and Jasmine Dillavou.
Each of the artists contributed a component that spoke directly about the missing dialogues of the Wild West through the lense of the contemporary Front Range.
”Lost a Lot” presented at the Gallery Below for the Planned Parenthood Fundraiser Art Show 2018 entitled “WE TOO”.
Did you know WOC statistically receive less-attentive reproductive health care and are more likely to die during childbirth?
This piece is an altar to the spaces left over.
Human hair, found object, stones, dried roses, metal baby mattress, feathers, paper, charcoal, greens, animal fur, salt.
Presented at The Kreuser Gallery
“It is said that Sif had magnificent long hair, which the trickster Loki cut off one day when he found himself in an especially mischievous mood. Thor, enraged, threatened to kill Loki, but Loki convinced the thunder god to spare his life on the condition that he find an even fairer head of hair for Sif.”
Everything about her power was linked to her hair.
Femininity and control.
A spiritual bath to connect us to both.
Documentation by JD Sell and Chantal Patino