Hija de la isla
Daughter of the island
There is a connecting thread throughout my work: weaving, embroidery, mending and color. In the variety of mediums I approach for my artwork; installation, performance, collages and photography - to name a few- I dissect ideas of Dominicaness, womanhood and community.
I. Weaving Narratives
Tapestries with bright colored islands in seas of yellow or white narrate hours of collaborative performance. These start as old clothes and remnants of fabric, cut and later weaved into a tarp in the tradition of Pellizas, Dominican rag rugs. I use the fabrication of Pellizas as a platform for temporary communities. Interactions are captured in audio and video, which next to the Pellizas help decipher the narratives weaved around communal labor.
II. Embroidering expectations
Golden beads hold small stars in blue laced panties. Beneath this lacy sky I embroider a palm tree and ocean. In other panties, bright and red, I embroidered two palm leaves guarding the words “mia sola” in the front. Long tulle fabric legs have other phrases embroidered.
Panties become banners that highlight the expected regarding sex tourism in the Caribbean.
III. Mending the self
Old clothes that belonged to my mother in her youth and that later I used. I tear them and proceed to mend different pieces together, rendering them unpractical for wearing. These sculptural objects work as props in performances. There I contort and dance forcing the object to be a vessel for my body. This process is captured in video and photography for A(D)DRESS, my most recent body of work. The objects are part of multilayered installations containing old family photographs, performance documentation, fabric and embroidery.
IV. Connecting Thread
All of my work, stemming from the questioning of the self, create a fabric to challenge notions of identity, the spaces where we exist and the communities that can be woven at the intersections of these.