As a brown immigrant womxn creating art is a form of resistance. As in any other field, biases based on race and gender are used as violent and oppressive obstacles towards mainstream success. To create art as a brown womxn specifically, is to say that no matter what the game is, you’re still going to play.
I organize art events for the children and families of the West and South sides of Chicago. We collaborate with community organizations in the area and provide fun and free art events. My proudest moments are when I can foster collaboration between people and communities.
I like to watch a lot of bad TV when I’m creating. My brain sometimes works too fast thinking of different ideas. If I can distract my mind, my hands will just work, they know what to do.
I started drawing real young, before I could even talk. I drew what I was witnessing. As common as recreating the womxn in magazines and as frightening as documenting domestic abuse. Through my drawings, I recorded the messages of the world trying to tell me of what kind of womxn I might be. And I redrew them.
Work to redraw your world. The same way you create art, recreate your environment into what you want to see. It just takes practice.
I care about the undervalued children of the world. If we can start with strengthening them, they will carry on the fight. They will grow with love. They will grow to abolish these oppressive systems.
I try to identify what is stopping me from creating. Then I work to get rid of it. It’s definitely not easy but always worth doing.
My work helps tell my story from a very specific experience. My life has had many deep traumas that have shaped the kind of person I am today. My art serves as check-ins from my higher self to my earthly self asking, “what’s going on?”
The womxn in my family are my biggest influences and inspiration. From my grandmothers, to my aunts, cousins, mother and sister. They are all very strong badass womxn, la magia indigena.