Yo soy Quijote!.
Mixed Media, marbleized paper, waxed thread, watercolor, ink.
Yo Soy Quijote! is a large mixed media relief combining paper, thread, gold leaf, paint and wood. The collaged frame incorporates printed text from Cervantes” story. So is it x” or “j”? I have included both. This dark landscape combines layer of marbelized and drawing paper, stitched or glued with wax linen thread. As a way of incorporating personal identity, I the artist, my footprint lies on the background as well. An artist on the creative journey, Yo soy Quijote!.
A variety of cultural influences and experiences have inspired my artistic journey. Growing up as a Mexican-American, amongst a family of talented, driven musicians, “musicos”, has directed me from birth. These familial cultural and social structures intermixed with a fierce creative passion forged the value structure of my family. Their life journey set into motion my own personal evolution as a woman, a mother and artist.
Today, my body of work centers around my familial experience creating altars and personal shrines inspired by my Mexican heritage, customs and personal experiences – “Altares de familia”.
Born in San Antonio, Texas, I have received master’s degrees in studio ceramics from Chico State University, California and in North Carolina – East Carolina University, Greenville. I moved to North Carolina in 1996. Today, I am a tenured Professor of Art at Fayetteville State University, Fayetteville, North Carolina. It has been… and continues to be….a remarkable journey.
My experience includes museum education, arts training, resource development and grant writing. I have received numerous awards and acknowledgements in grant writing for the visual arts and in the field of art education. I have traveled throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America to view and study museum collection and continue to exhibit widely and have works largely in private collections.
I am actively involved in presenting lectures, workshops, and attend professional conferences. I have served on the Board of the Fayetteville Cumberland Arts Council, and am a member of NCECA. Today, I serve as an advisory member on the Board of the State Arts Council and the N.C. Art Museum Educators Expo Committee for Cumberland County. I have enjoyed serving on the Grants, Membership and Public Art Committees for our local Arts Council as well as the University. As Associate Professor, in the Performing and Fine Arts department teaching courses in drawing, ceramics, figure drawing, sculpture, art history.