As an artist I aim to create experiences. I choose to collaborate with my subjects, my surroundings and materials rather than control them. My work is a representation of my growth, not only as an artist; but as a woman. Every piece is full of movement; both physical and emotional, as well as energy and color. With this approach I aim to create work that becomes a representation of not only myself but of my environment.
My grandmother enriched my soul through the arts, community involvement, and exposure to the entrepreneurial hustle of our community at a very early age. Growing up, I thought we were the richest people in the world because my family sheltered me from struggle as much as possible. My childhood memories are made up of sunshine, ocean sounds and the endless use of my imagination. At the age of 13, shortly after moving to Seattle, I found myself struggling with my cultural identity because I did not have the same immigrant story that others did or were used to hearing.
At the age of 16, my mother’s hard work and dedication provided me with the opportunity to study in Paris. It was there where I developed a passion for photography and became intrigued with the work of Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko and Jean-Michael Basquiat. In college, I was exposed to the work of Manuel Alvarez Bravo and it inspired me to learn more about photography as an art, which led me to create a documentary about the daily life in my city of birth, Mazatlan.
I was constantly looking for a sense of belonging; but somehow always ended up feeling like a tourist in my own ethnicity. I decided to use art as an outlet and referenced to my childhood experiences for inspiration. It was through art and community involvement that I was finally able to identify my purpose.
My artwork is a social commentary acting as a catalyst for the open exchange of thoughts and ideas. I believe simple experiences can make us feel more connected to the world. Therefore, I carefully select and visually interpret my ideas so the essence is revealed and captured in a single moment. I prefer to work project based, rather than to allow the medium to control my thought process.