Mother and Child
Since I became a mother in 2013 I started collecting hand made wooden toys, particularly Mexican wooden rocking horses, horse chairs, stick horses, indigenous-fabric- dolls, wood cars, and handmade slingshots ( all war toys made for kids.) I became highly intrigued by the construction and semiotics of historical objects made for young minds, and indeed the innate collaboration between my son and I turned into an organic- curious and loving process.
I often start working on a mark made by my son Fernando on a piece of paper and I followed up with a collage, paint and stitching work either on paper or fabric, I explore themes of cultural hybridity as they relate to my own experiences crossing the US/Mexico border, also my work is part of my long research into the clothing of the colonizer and the oppressor.
Some of the pieces here are ( made in collaboration with my toddler ) were part of a binational exhibition curated by Jill Dawsey and Anthony Graham - Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, MCASD. - Being Here with You/ Estando aquí contigo brought together work by 42 artists and collectives living and working in the San Diego and Tijuana region.
The exhibition draws attention to common interests and artistic strategies. Artists in the exhibition address today’s urgent questions as well as issues affecting our region, including public space and public memory; colonialism and its afterlife; the border as fantasy and reality; housing and homelessness; feminist and queer politics; and the place of the body in the digital world.
2018 Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
2018 Bread& Salt, San Diego, CA
2018 San Diego City College Gallery, San Diego, CA