A lot of my work is deeply personal, but that is not always so obvious. It actually takes me a very long time to complete a piece, because I have to think a million times over if what I want to say is put justly into aesthetic meaning. Many times, I feel like a piece isn’t completely done or I’m not entirely satisfied. Nevertheless, we have to move on. I go back sometimes and add and subtract, cut and paste, and in ways my work is an evolving piece of art. When I am completely satisfied, I take a deep breathe and appreciate the release of transferring so much emotion into a small piece of wood.
I like to think that people interpret art in the ways they need, at the times they need it the most. I have specific political messages that I convey, but I don’t necessarily expect people to see exactly what I see. In my work that conveys feminine identity and affirmation, I want womyn to see themselves as divine, as ancient wisdom carriers, as protectors of the earth and as balance to this current world.
Maribel Falcón is a xicana from West Tejas. She holds a BA in Sociology and Latin American studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a founding member of Cósmica, a feminist art collective that strives to unite and support womyn artists and professionals from alternative, under-represented, and diverse backgrounds. She works to support cultural movements that will push political movements and believes that everyone has the right to autonomy.
Part 3 of her interview will be up on April 22nd