Art Statement

As a native of El Salvador living in the diaspora, I utilize drawing as the primary tool for storytelling to deploy elements found in pre-Hispanic mythology, Salvadoran popular folklore, iconography sourced from Western art history and contemporary vernacular culture.  My studio process is a constant act of revision that manipulates appropriated imagery into personal mythic narratives in a multi-layered fashion onto paper.  The human body is used as a symbol and site for trauma in reference to personal and collective experiences of war and loss that marked El Salvador during the civil war years in the 1980s- a time that family and I witnessed, and as a result of which, immigrated to Canada.

My areas of research and production are concerned with issues of collective memory, historical trauma and identity within a global context explored through multi-media approaches to drawing including stop-motion animation video, printmaking and installation work. My art practice is an intuitive construction of memory as a form of personal myth-making that casts political expressions, voices modes of resistance, and most recently speaks to a process of re-construction, growth and healing.