I am a Spanglish artist.
When I was five, my family fled Castro’s regime and settled in southern Florida. My work draws on these experiences. I use found objects and materials and think of them as artifacts. I love contrasts; at the same time that I enjoy using bright colors and patterns that repeat, I love textures and subtle statements.
My art is driven by the desire to express my lifelong struggle to belong and to fit in. The immigrant process — the human process of assimilation, has led me to explore my planes of existence. I use levels of transparency and value to interpret the shared reality of displacement and disorientation that is quickly becoming a persistent universal phenomenon.
With my work I seek to create understanding and connection — to remain separate yet connected. How can we be our authentic selves and open ourselves more fully to others?
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