Statement

I experienced a lack of intimacy with my family while growing up in a traditional Dominican household, which I can only reconcile through art-making. I begin each new piece by using archival family photos to reexamine my complex relationships with my now estranged relatives. This source material is taken directly from my childhood and depicts my conservatively dressed, traditional family. To recontexualize these images, I construct textured mix-media pieces that use a combination of color Xerox prints and charcoal on canvas, mimicking the aesthetics of the public housing environment in which I grew up. While making each piece, wells of emotion surge as I face accumulated memories. My feelings of disdain and negativity slowly subside, giving way to acceptance as I reinscribe these images within the context of my lived experience. I stitch and heal my severed connections with my family creating a new counter-archive that recontextualizes these figures.