Chicana Feelings represents my Chicana experience in the context of mental health. I am guided by questions framed to understand the ways that art, identity, and healing expand and challenge our capacity to embrace ourselves as we interact with the world around us. How does a Chicana artists enact agency to understand the conditions of herself? How does oppression operate against the body? And, how does this translate through art? My body carries family stories, histories, and the missing pieces too; but they’ve become constrained by colonization, imperialism, patriarchy, hegemony, capitalism, and acculturation to reinforce a popular discourse that normalizes and perpetuates a cycle of violence, obscurity, and silence. Through the concept of embodied knowledge, our lived experiences are validated as an essential source of power and authority. We learn that "our body knows." CHICANA FEELINGS is supported in part by the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, the City of San Antonio Department of Arts & Culture, and Southwest Airlines through a grant from the NALAC Fund for the Arts.
Remedies for re(membering)
Remedies for Re(membering) Series. C-print. 24" x 36". 2016-2017.
Hand Embroidery Work
Acrylic. 24" x 36". 2012.
Fiber Wall Hangings