What messages do you want people to receive from your art?
I want younger students that love art and love to make it to see me and relate to me and in some way be inspired to follow their dreams. Art is a career and I think it’s not really supported in a lot of schools or families for that matter. I want them to know that I understand them and love their talent. I loved to draw in class, and doodle on my notebooks. Si yo puedo, ustedes también! (If I can, you can too!) You have to do what makes you happy, don’t try to please other people (including your parents) because you’ll end up regretting it as an adult. You only get this life here on earth once as far as we know and this body is temporary so we might as well make good use of it.
I also try to paint a lot of strong women, of course they’re fictional but some are inspired by women I know. Like my Luchadoras, they’re all inspired by my “Ama” (grandmother), my mom, good friends I hold in high regard. Entre tanto desorden, todo lo que han sufrido y aun asi siguen luchando. Behind the beautiful colorful mask there’s a brave woman who has gone through it all. And it’s also a representation of what some of our mothers taught us growing up as Latinas. You’re supposed to hide the bad, suppress feelings, keep certain things to yourself, don’t give too much of yourself away. At Least that’s the way I was raised and how I see things. So, I want people to see my girls as more than just a pretty girl, women have so many layers to them, were superheroes.
When you asked me to pick pieces that are close to my heart I immediately thought, my sketchbooks. They’re like my diaries, all of my thoughts and ideas are in my sketchbooks. I carry one with me usually, and just draw or write whatever I’m thinking. In a world where everyone expresses themselves in a status box my sketch books are personal thoughts I cherish. Sure I share photos on Instagram and articles that I find interesting but I am a little more kept to myself and secretive when it comes to my own little world. I will share bits and pieces every now and then but it’s rare. My books are pieces of my brain from different points in my life. I love looking back at old books and seeing what I was into back then. And I like to see the evolution my art has gone through.
What have you learned about yourself from being a creator?
I’m really really really hard on myself. I’ve also learned that things won’t always turn out the way you pictured them in your head and that’s OK. As artists were always comparing ourselves to other artists. I’ve learned that I will never be satisfied with my art as harsh as that may sound. At the same time I like that about myself because it pushes me to make more, to always improve and learn new techniques. How boring life would be if we as artists made the same things over and over again! I leave that kind of routine at my desk job. Artists evolve, we’re forever students, always absorbing images and ideas in our heads to create new ones.
What was the first piece of art you ever made?
That’s a tough question, I have the worst memory! I was always making things as a child, I vividly remember cutting paper a lot, I loved cutting paper and making shapes. My mom hated it! But the earliest piece of art I remember making for myself was probably in second grade. I had to make a drawing to go with my sentence or paragraph and I drew a monster and gave him yellow polka dots with claws. It was dope. But I was always in my own little world, coloring, cutting my barbie’s hair off, talking to myself, the usual introverted kid stuff.
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