An ongoing project with youth in Yonkers, NY. The project's direction is determined by the youth, and is executed with my help. We have been exploring what it means for youth to create an artistic response to the political climate we find ourselves in. The New Rampart puts into question the functionality of a wall and how it can exist to undermine its political purpose by inciting connection and communication rather than isolation and separation.
Post-it Wall, 2017
The results of asking, "What's on your mind?". Participants wrote words and phrases down, and then circled words and phrases in either blue, pink or green, which categorized them as dealing with the self (blue), school (pink) and future (green).
Once the words and phrases had been categorized, they placed them on this chart gauging importance and positivity/negativity of each word or phrase.
They jointly decided on three words or phrases, one from each category to focus on. They chose "Crushing College", "Social Life" and "To Kill A Mockingbird". With 100 marbles, they divided up their "concerns" into bags labeled with the words or phrases.
Using found and scrap materials, I responded to their thoughts on how to visualize their chosen concerns. This is where the concept of the wall came from, as they described To Kill A Mockingbird as being a wall that instead of separating, linked history with the present.
A Gringa's Prayer
A body of work dealing with power hierarchies, tropes and frameworks of Catholicism and Santeria, and urban symbolism and materials made as a physical response to a written prayer. I attempt to capture the "in between" space of being raised in an urban household by people of Afro Cuban descent and being called "Gringa", and being the token Brown girl in various experiences in education and other institutions.
Installation view I, 2016
Installation view II, 2016
Ayo, Ma!, 2016
Inner tubes, fabric
Ayo, Ma! (detail), 2016
Inner tubes, fabric
Untitled (Weight), 2016
Inner tubes, earring, flag tape
Lil' Shrine, 2016
Plastic, flag tape, mirror, earring, fabric, rhinestones
Chair, inner tubes, wood, light, flag tape, fabricated earring
Tribute to Oshún, 2016
Mirror, fabric, inner tubes, earring
Golden Grace, 2016
Fabric, mirror, earrings, rhinestones
Her Altar, 2016
Fabricated earring, fabric, mirror, beads
Throne (Studio view), 2016
Chair, inner tubes, wood
Iterations of works dealing with live performance, video or some combination of the two.