The picture above marks a strong impression in my life. It is the last picture we took in Mexico before migrating to the United States. I have been wanting to use this image in my artwork because it is so important to me.
This semester I am enrolled in a Lithography class. For this project I did a toner acetone transfer onto the stone.
When we went on the journey we left everything behind. I wanted to portray this feeling so I chose to do folds on the paper. I like the way they ended up because to me it also feels like land.
The hand holding the picture reminds me of my dad. When I was young I remember we would all be so happy when his letters would arrive from the United States, we missed him and needed him. I have memories of being too young to read and I would get upset because my siblings would not read his letters out loud!
And this is the print that came from this.
In 2017 I had the pleasure of visiting the Heard Museum to see the exhibit Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. I am a great fan of her work and I was excited to have this exhibit coming to Phoenix.
I was able to see one of my favorite paintings, the one above, it's titled "The Love Embrace of the Universe, the Earth (Mexico), Myself, Diego, and Señor Xolotl". This painting has many layers of expression, the more you look at it, the more it draws you in. There's a very spiritual driven connective quality.
As I mentioned in the previous post, I am a member of the art collective called The Phoenix Fridas. We incorporate our inspiration from Frida Kahlo in our work. In 2017 I collaborated with a fellow member, Anita Leach. We created a "Frida Glamour Vest"! I did the bead work and Anita created the vest. Check it out!