Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 50.8cm (H) x 50.8cm (W) x 6.4cm (D) / 20" (H) x 20" (W) x 2.5" (D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
I always want to organize the drawers in my dresser but as soon as I take something out, it all falls apart. This painting is taken of the shirts I wear to the gym. They’re always disorganized. By painting something that is chaotic in my life, I am able to gain control and give it new meaning through color and abstraction.
Hometown: Mexico City
Based in: Cherry Hill, NJ
Born in Mexico City, I grew up with color and texture all around me. That is something that influences my work to this day. I received my BA in Painting and Drawing from Ramapo College in 1996 and my MAT in Teaching Visual Arts from the University of the Arts in 2015. I worked as a graphic designer for many years and was an art educator at Haddonfield Middle School from 2007-2022. I currently paint full time and live in Cherry Hill, NJ with my husband and son.
There is a certain sadness inherent in the designs that I see left abandoned on sidewalks and walls. It’s true that I don’t notice every stain on the ground, but the ones I do notice are usually in places that have a significance in my life.
The subject matter varies from the sentimental to the quotidian. One of my paintings was inspired from the textures I photographed on the side of the church where my grandmother got married in Mexico City. Another one was created from the stains on the sidewalk outside of the place where I get my coffee every day. My work is rooted in these designs and inspirations. I photograph the designs and use them as the foundation for my work. As soon as they are projected onto a canvas and given color, these remnants have the chance to become new again; to be seen and heard. They tell the story of how they came to be; they bear witness to events that had been relegated to the past. A moment in someone’s story, which was once forgotten, and often overlooked, has the opportunity to be again.
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