Nuestra Señora de la Frontera, 45x55", migrant shoes and clothing on wire grid, 2023
"Nuestra Señora de la Frontera" is one of three works I created for an exhibition at Casa Europa, San Miguel de Allende. Proceeds benefit our migrant safe house and long term care facility in Celaya, Mx, a neighbor city of San Miguel. The exhibition hosts 8 artists whose works reflect the danger-filled journey of the brave souls who risk everything to escape poverty, violence and climate change that makes their lives unliveable. I asked at the safe house for the clothing and shoes that the migrants walk in with, and this work is created out of those materials, as a way of transforming the energy of their experience.
Dark Goddess, Black Madonna, 96x 48", recycled textile, 2020
This textile construction began with a black chamisole and a woven plastic bag, and had no focus until I incorporate a book cover whose title “The Dark Goddess”. The ancient mother had come home to me, and found a place in my studio. Just as I was applying the last bits of textile and found objects, George Floyd cried out for his mama before his last breath was stolen from him. Like mothers around the world, I cried out with him, and for him. "Dark Goddess, Black Madonna" is dedicated to George Floyd and all BIPOC whose lives have been shattered by white privilege.
Ritual Chair for Reweaving our World, 42x80", wood,textile,found objects
"Ritual Chair", 42x80", was first created for a 2018 exhibition, curated by Alberto Lenz. In the beginning, only my personal ritual and ceremonial objects were woven into the structure, to reaffirm my commitment to our planet, our fellow humans, and the tenets of truth, justice and beauty. Later, with textile strips, beads, tassels and wizard sticks, the chair continues to grow as others add and attach their own amulets and memorabilia. This interactive artwork has become a co-creation ritual as together, we envision and call for the mending and healing of our Mother Earth and all her people, with loving actions such as this.
Long(ing) Arms, 29x42", repurposed textiles
"Long(ing) Arms" was created in 2021 at the height of the pandemic. At 44” wide and 29" high, it began with the universal longing to stretch our arms out long enough to hug, to wrap our arms around our loved ones. We were seperated by distance, by disease, by fear. As all around the world, we were more solitary than any of us knew how to be, and this garment was a deliberate move away from the huipil. It was a dream of being more connected, a wishful energetic connection.