Angelica Frausto

:: AGE

26

:: LOCATION

Oscillating between Chicago, IL and South Bend, IN

:: MEDIUM

Mixed media, paint, markers, ink, pens, pencil

:: IDENTIFIES AS

Xingona, WoC, Xicana, Queer, Nerdy & Brown Artist

As a womxn, why do you think it is important to create?

There’s a quote by Zora Neale Hurston that sums it up nicely, “If you are silent about your pain, they’ll kill you and say you enjoyed it.” Our creative work is an extension of our voice and we can’t afford to stay silent.

What has been your proudest moment as an artist/creative?

How do you define love?: I think love is a powerful, powerful weapon. My mom had a mastectomy recently and right after her surgery, as soon as she saw me, her face lit up and she had this huge smile. And I think about how her love for me could do that, how it could make her smile so brightly after such a difficult experience. If love could do that, imagine what else it could do. It could blow up stars.

How do you make time to create?

I know that when I don’t make time to create, I’m miserable, really, very bitter. I need it to survive and I love doing it, so, it has to be a priority. And that sometimes means forcefully carving time into my day, and taking on fewer responsibilities. But I know that not everyone can do that, so it’s a privilege, too.

How does your mental health affect your work?

My art is a way of coping and processing. As a WoC, there are psychological and systemic threats to my well-being and my art allows me to combat those threats by flourishing.

What is your earliest memory of making art?

My mom used to make me paper dolls. She would doodle images of girls on notebook paper and she would cut them out and draw different dresses for them.   I remember, I was around 4 years old, I was watching her draw and it really looked like witchcraft, the way this little person appeared on the page, out of nowhere. I asked her to teach me how she did that. And I remember her saying: I don’t think I can teach you. So, I watched her, and practiced drawing, first these paper dolls, and then more elaborate characters with stories.

What message do you want to spread with your art?

Your existence is not only valid, it’s beautiful.

*Photos courtesy of Daniela Cabada