Series of oil on canvas inspired by Baroque paintings of the same name from 17th and 18th century Mexico. With consideration for colonization, castes, religion, migration, and rigid gender social structures, this series was informed by interviews with contemporary Hispanic women whose lives paralleled the preoccupations, stories and themes of the crown nuns
A set of twelve medium-format oils on canvas, which retell classic Brothers Grimm tales from the point of view of the Witch and the stepmother. This series was intended to complicate the archetypes of older female fantasy characters, which often antagonize the process of aging.
Installation of 100 representational easel-sized oil paintings, whose installation simulates a fashion magazine with the intention of criticizing the consumerist parallels in the world of art and fashion, and the obsession to collect and acquire stuff. “Objects of Desire” is a reflection on the need for more.
Reforma 105 is the first conceptual piece completed after leaving Mexico. This work captures the essence of personal diaries recording the way life was dramatically changing in Mexico from the early to late 20th century. These drawings were overlaid on a blueprint of my grandmother’s house in Mexico City circa 1930, which at the time was undergoing upheaval due to an urbanized neighborhood and changing landscape.
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