Quarantine – a prelude of spiritual and communal practices takes is a cue from the art-labor of isolation and from the storytelling- throughout the quarantine, I was making hundreds of masks for neighbors and friends in San Diego and for shelters in Tijuana - despite the geo-cultural distance I network with the binational religious-communities to deliver masks across the border. In addition, the condition of shelter in place triggered my personal creative process, making a hand full of small works and expanding in the norm of sharing cultural, ethnical personal and communal stories from internal colonization to historical colonization, genuine storytelling through collages-stitching works.
Spiritual practices are becoming increasingly relevant, particularly - meditation and yoga - as the global pandemic pushes people to wander into new realms away from pragmatisms, the artwork made through the quarantine explores the female-motherhood catholic iconography as a methodology to surrender to faith, but I also incorporated non-western imagery as an emblem of power. The exploration of postcolonial imagery is a way to be a storyteller connecting mysticism to dogma as Christianity is a doctrine and pre-colonial imagery relates to a story and to historical manipulation.
Throughout the quarantine, faith was a vivid element in my daily rituals, I rediscover a connection with praying as I believe we come from oneness. I rediscovered the ambivalent sentiment I have for my catholic upbringing and the rituals and values of praying as a meditation act.