(detail) Sentiments manifested out of an imagined instance 2012
The aesthetic line quality of children's coloring books merge with silhouetted figures taken from Disney films to form my semi abstract scenes on Mylar and paper. In my compositions I play out narratives that explore the emotional, sexual, and psychological complexities of colonial history and U.S.- Caribbean history. It is through the child's gaze; their use of word association, ignorance of meaning, and appropriation of language and images that I re/interpret colonial narratives. My preoccupation with the past is informed by my mainland Puerto Rican identity and a history of the island where school children were subjected to deculturlization practices conducted by the U.S. government. In my work the child is exposed to, and the embodiment of, the interchange of cultural historical forces; a body that is imprinted by a source of history that is made up of a series of symbiotic relationships.