The work I create stands as a conversation starter for my family. What began as a way for me to withhold my emotions from my close ones became a way to start discussions with them about our collective well being. There is a history of repression and independence in the Latinx community, which often leads to discussions about mental and physical health being portrayed as weak, frail, and feminine.
My embroidered pieces provide me with a catalyst for discussion given their tone of sentiment, and leads me to talk about the why’s and how’s of the context. Most are phrases that could describe where I stand emotionally, such as “I feel everything” or “I carry you.” This allows people to enter a conversation where and when they feel comfortable, rather than being confrontational and creating a defense.
My sculptural work is created as a transition from the text and conversations, as a thank you or congratulatory gift for those who have taken me in, mentally and emotionally. These are not exclusive to my family, but extend to friends and strangers as well.
#1 , 2018, Ceramic, Gouache, Aerosol paint, 6” x 3.5” x 10”