Latina Women are often depicted in the media as stereotypical, hyper-sexualized commodities shown for the sole purpose of pleasuring the viewer. In my on-going Latina Women portrait project, I make photographs that show their humanity and, working with them collaboratively, give each woman power over how they are represented.
My photographic images are the visual expression of my emotions. I choose subjects that give me a sense of peace, tranquility and solitude. Through my camera lens, I embrace and appreciate the beauty of the world around me. I share my photographic images with everyone, hoping they provide an opportunity for viewer’s to reflect on their own
feelings and experiences.
2-Faced Society Butts Stink
As a child, street art inspired me to become an artist. I strongly believe street art is an effective approach into projecting issues, expressing ideas, or simply bringing beauty to the community. This belief led me to experiment with creating a work of art that can be publicly displayed, and touch on an issue that brings ugliness to our community. The cigarette butt is one of the main littered items each day, defacing our world and environment. By creating a sculpture touching on this environmental issue, I was able to use these butts and clean our streets for a day. There is a total of roughly 1700 recycled cigarette butts in this piece.
Films that have impacted my life, graphic novels and music influence my artwork. I also draw upon my own experiences for my artistic influences, especially conversations and questions I ask myself after listing to statements made by friends, families and strangers. Doing this particular artwork made me realize that it is okay to make mistakes, and try to challenge social norms. I want others, who view the artwork to understand it is okay to challenge the world, ask questions and make mistakes.
The Right Door
Some people think a good photo must tell a good story, but this is not really my concern. My work pursuits the revivification of the scene by being loyal to the original chiaroscuro, colors and texture. Stories are secondary, while realism and
visual pleasure are primary.