Originally from Puerto Rico, I grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The dichotomy of the desert and the tropics informs a lot of my work. Art and creativity have always been an important part of my life. As a child with asthma, I turned to drawing as a distraction. In time I began to draw myself out of asthma attacks by drawing/meditating on my lungs being healthy and happy. Over the years I have become aware of the ways in which our minds, bodies, and spirits heal through art, and have studied with/visited Curanderas and other traditional healers to learn more about healing.
I come from a line of creative women, and I try to honor them through the images and narratives I create. I combine Caribbean and Chicano techniques/aesthetics with feminist and pop-cultural subjects. I love using mixed media, but lately I have been focusing on Papel Picado. I recently moved to NYC--so different from New Mexico!--and am being inspired by the city. I want to make a website and establish a routine of creativity. I hope to find a community of other Latina artists who can share their knowledge, experience, and support!
Oh wow I love Lila Downs, and yes I am drinking lots of tea and honey. I am throwing a party for my father in law and he wants laterns and papel picado over the dinner table. He loves bright colors so we are heading to La Mercado in L.A tomorrow to buy some decororations. And getting ready for the largest game of Loteria this family really knows how to celebrate.
Wow, what an amazing photo... I think it is the intensity in the eyes, it's great to have some family photos like this... I love being able to look into the eyes of what appear to be such strong confident young women!
So you lived in Cambridge? Much closer to the city than where I am... the town is Ashburnham, located in North Central MA. We are about 40 minutes west of Boston, near the New Hampshire border. Most of the time it is colder and even more snowy here than in the city. Yes, the winter is long. We live across from a lake and everyday I am amazed at how people will take all morning to shovel a patch to play hockey or skate. I am not a big fan of the cold but I do think it is pretty (to look at from my window with a nice hot cup of coffee in my hand!) Ha!
Nice chatting with you, glad you found your way to this network... there are such wonderful people on this site. I appreciate your comment about my trees and am sure you find lots of support for your work here, as well. I always loved Paper Picado, it is incredible what you have done with this technique! :)