I am a mixed media painter living and working in the Chicago area.
Loss, healing, family illness, and human relationships have truly shaped the body of my work. After personal loss, I was forced to change my approach to life and art. I am inspired by the strength of others around me, by human connections, and by my multicultural background. I use very specific storylines because I am driven by a strong belief that the more personal a work is, the more universally understood it becomes.
The bulk of my work examines and presents the rawness of interpersonal and intrapersonal contexts. Connections with others and one’s self, mental health, and “the underdog,” are common themes. These paintings explore the idea that our relationships with others can define us, mold us, break us, and shape us. My work recognizes that beauty and pain, loss and healing, and loneliness and friendship coexist simultaneously.
Process & Product
I express this mix of emotions and subject matter, by using a mix of materials, and by layering imagery and texture. I start by creating a heavily textured surface with printing, collaged linen, and with relief techniques. I cause some of the surface to crack. Next, a background with pattern and imagery is laid down. I then paint the central figures of the painting. I cover and uncover portions of the background, playing with negative space and figure-ground ambiguity. The piece is then coated with several layers of medium.
The resulting juxtaposition of American pop-culture, rich colors, "pretty" patterns, loaded subject matter, and a Latina sensibility, lends tension to my highly narrative, figurative work.