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.