ARTIST STATEMENT: My interest in the folk art traditions, art rituals, music and dance of Latin America, The Caribbean and Africa and their continuous, evolving changes are at the core of my sculptures, paintings, installations and interventions. I utilize a wide variety of materials and artistic methods often in combination with reworked found objects that are impregnated with cultural symbols that act as sites of memory. These hand crafted artworks create an intimate repository for individual and collective memory and implement the human body as a symbol and expression of nature, vulnerability and power. My recent work examines the extent to which a consciousness, national or personal, defines itself through the opposing force of a transcultural experience.
Physicality informs my practice through body memory. As a former afro latin dancer, my work seeks to underscore and use sacred space and the patterns of dance and percussion. I use music and fragments of histories as departure points to investigate and build the structure and space of the installations.
Esperanza (hope) is a guiding force in the making of the work, which is a call and response to people, culture, place and history. My installations which are organic and improvisational constructions are infused with hope and renewal.
My artwork which is poetically and intricately crafted encourages viewers to reconsider social and historical narratives especially when dealing with Colonialism and raises critical questions about the politics of erasure and exclusion.
La Cordobesa 2016 - 2017 Embroidery, glass beads, 20th century upper chair from New Orleans, 19th century chair legs from Utica NY. 48" x 22' x 26" This work is inspired by my cousin who was called La Cordobesa, she had been the youngest female bullfighter in Latin America. The sculpture is informed by the suit of lights worn by Bullfighters.
Flora and Fauna 2018 Clay, chain, metal base 36" x 20" diameter Flora and Fauna mourns the Indigenous and African populations massacred for the retrieval of wealth in Latin America. These objects serve as a metaphor for the cruel system of oppression and violence
Second Sight 2008 - 2018 Table, mirror, glass beads on 20 clay sculptures 54” L x 36” H x 20” D Second Sight honors the Curandera (healer) in Latinx culture as a whole, as well as the personal connection to my grandmothers who were both curanderas in Colombia. These individuals dedicated their l
Arrested Symphony 2017 oil and encaustic on wood panels, metal chains on clay sculpture, semi precious stones 5' L x 3' w x 4" d Arrested Symphony addresses the use of assassination which has been and continues to be employed as a cleansing method for political and corporate motives to control countries in South America, Centra
Vigilante 2017 Eye portraits, watercolor on watercolor paper, lamé ribbon 7' x 6' Vigilante in Spanish means to watch or guard. In this country the meaning has been twisted to mean an unofficial group who preys, catch and punish someone who they assumed committed a crime. The histo
La Dorada 2017 Clay sculpture, metal beads 60”L x 18” W x 5” D LA DORADA addresses the dilemma of the artisanal gold miners in Colombia, many who are women that say that they have been mining since they were in their mothers bellies. These miners are in jeopardy
OJO 2013 - 2017 Watercolor and gouache on paper 12' diameter
A Charmed Life 2008 - 2012 frescoes, chair, brocade pillow, glass beads, alabaster beads, metal beads, metal chains,
La Minera 2016 Clay sculpture, chains 40" L x 8" W x 4" D La Minera addresses the dilemma of the artisanal gold miners in Colombia, many whom are women that say that they have been mining since they were in their mothers bellies. They are in jeopardy of losi
Tunisia 2016 clay, glass beads, bells, leather, cord 22"w x 66"L x 3" d I traveled to Tunisia in my early 20's. I met a family who had been slaves for generations. They had finally attained their freedom in the early 1970's. Even though slavery in Tunisia was ab
Aftermath 2015 Clay sculpture, chains 20' x 68" x 6'
Colonial Blues 2015 oil and encaustic on wood panels, metal chains on clay sculpture, brass chains, brass candle holders, wood, candles, 10' H x 15' W x 6' W
November 22 2013 Clay sculpture, glass beads, metal beads, base 24” H x 12” W x 12” D November 22 is the date of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. It is also my birthday. That coincidence formed and marked my political and esthetic views.
Cumbia 2014 Clay, emerald shell chips. wood 20” L x 24” H x 20” W “Cumbia” takes its name from the Afro-Latin dance and music which originated in Colombia's Caribbean coastal region around 1648 and was originally danced in shackles.
Black Gold 2014 Clay sculpture, chains 7'L x 2' H x 1' D The imbedded metal chains that cover Black Gold shimmer in artificial light, and convey a dark truth about their origin. These objects serve as a metaphor for the cruel system of oppression and violen
The Couple 2008 chairs, pearl necklaces, rings, knitting needles, glass beads, metal beads 48” x 36” x 22” The Couple examines the incarnation of religion, political ideologies that shape our experiences as individuals and communities, especially our experiences with love.
What was left 2008 - 2013 chandelier, gold leaf, metal chains, glass beads, metal beads, brass embroidered velvet 13' h x 4' diameter Around the world today, conflict is found in many areas that were once colonized or controlled by Europeans for their natural resources. The source of many of these conflicts, lies in past colonial po
Without 2008 Cay, string 80" x 80" Bernard Bailyn the great historian has pointed out in The Barbarous Years, details of the terror, desperation, degradation and widespread torture. Which created the blood-dimmed tide, the brutal estab