WORKS > Collective Likeness

What the World Needs Now
acrylic, dyed corn husks, and oil on canvas
36 x 48 in.
2019
Hand Over Heart
corn husks, acrylic, and oil on canvas
40 x 30 in.
2019
Float
acrylic and dyed corn husks on canvas
40 x 30 in.
2019
Warming
corn husks, acrylic, and oil on canvas
40 x 30 in.
2019
Judge Not (Before You Judge Yourself)
acrylic and dyed corn husks on canvas
36 x 48 in.
2019
Home Again
acrylic, dyed corn husks, and oil on canvas
48 x 36 in.
2019
Nature Nurtures
acrylic, dyed corn husks, and oil on canvas
48 x 36 in.
2019
Lookout
acrylic and dyed corn husks on canvas
36 x 48 in.
2019

Collective Likeness was a two-person exhibition with Suzy González and Eliseo Casiano at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi from September 27th - November 22nd, 2019.

I define Mestiza Media as the practice of using multiple types of media that originate from the regions of one’s ancestors.

For myself, in embodying a neo-Mestiza/Xicana identity, I recognize where my art materials originate. While acrylic paints have Mexican origins, oil paints have European origins, and materials like the corn husk have Indigenous origins. I relate each material to a part of my identity, and recognize when they stay separate or are mixed. This material analysis speaks to gendered ideas of nature and culture as well as the dichotomy of craft/folk art and “fine art.”

This series speaks of political and environmental stresses, collectivity and solitude, breaking binaristic constructs, and the importance of healing and love.