I was born in Mexico City in 1988 and raised in the southside of Chicago as a child immigrant. As the product of a lower-class immigrant household, I grew skeptical of the white institutionalized art world and questioned my position in society. Working my way up to my "American Dream," I received a B.A. in Studio Art from Northeastern Illinois University and a Master’s in Urban Planning from the University of Illinois at Chicago while exhibiting my work at various galleries around Chicago. Soon after my studies, I moved to Belgium to join my husband and continue my career in Brussels.
I make masks; functional sculptural objects. My work reflects personal social anxiety within an urban environment and reality's imperfect, chaotic nature. These masks question the spectacle of perfection as performed by individuals and the norms I inherited as a part of my social conditioning.
Through my most current work, I explore the decolonization of my practice, ideals, and presentation within the western world. Since moving to Brussels and making Belgium my home, I have encountered a culture shock that deepened wounds I acquired as a child immigrant in the United States. I was raised in an environment that was inherently racist, homophobic, and paranoid. As an immigrant child, I was held to a higher standard of conduct than my peers because the consequence of misbehavior could be my removal from the country. The masks counter these deeply rooted memories.
It is a participatory and performative series about personal and collective identity, that actively engages the viewer with a mix of sexuality, gender, colonization, and Mexican folklore. As if in an ancient ‘rite of passage’, hiding, masking, and flaunting blend together into an experience of self-display and self-affirmation, transforming shame and otherness into security and pride. Wearing the masks is meant to give the wearer access to a sacred space, my personal world, and my cultural roots, through the experience of a Mexican who was not Mexican enough for his heritage and not American enough for his peers.
Extra Medium Tailored
While keeping a creative practice and as a self-taught seamster, I launched a clothing brand called “Extra Medium.” The brand focuses on custom-tailored pieces, specifically pants, and jackets.
For me, the practice of making clothing is an exploration of worn three-dimensional forms. Going against gender norms has been a source of inspiration.
My ambition as a designer is to make functional forms worn as sculptural objects. I'm still finding ways to achieve that, for now, I am fine-tuning my tailoring skills.
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