Join me during Pioneer Square’s First Thursday at Gary Manuel Salon (528 2nd Ave, Seattle, WA 98104) where I’ll be part of a two-person show alongside watercolorist Linda James. Five of my paintings will be on display during the month of January as part of the Center on Contemporary Art’s (CoCA) Show Walls program.
Also during the month of January is Gallery 114’s show “What if…”
My piece “Rainy Day Games” can be seen all month!
2023 is so full of promise but 2022 isn’t over yet. December in truth has been a bit of a blur since the beginning of the month was the tail end of my stint with covid. I spent two and a half weeks in bed, quarantining, and unable to go up to my studio to work. On day 5 I felt strong enough to ask for some art supplies, so my husband Michael brought me a few things. In bed I could doodle and scratch out little pieces while I watched Christmas movies and old tv shows.
Now that I’m testing negative as the month nears its mid-point I’ve been able to make it back up to the studio to finish a piece so personal and dear to me. It’s the first piece I’ve finished during my Pratt scholarship year and it’s a piece that’s led to many ideas for other works. I’m now putting together a concept for a solo show based on this first piece which I’ve titled, “Que sepa coser, que sepa bordar.”
“Que sepa coser, que sepa bordar,” is made using torn strips of Guayabera fabric printed with white roses using clay monoprinting techniques. Hand-stitched with red thread, it explores bloodlines and the visible and invisible ways I embody my cultural identities. The title references a nursery rhyme known throughout Latin America which I was taught as a child.
I'm very excited about the show I'm putting together as a result of this first piece. It is the embodiment of a journey to reconcile my ethnic identity as a Cuban-American in my new home in the Pacific Northwest and I can't wait to see how it all unfolds.
I’ve got lots more in the works as well —studio visits both to my studio and to see what other folks are working on in theirs, more learning and working, applying for opportunities, and an exciting on-going collaboration that I’ll be able to announce very soon.
Hope you all have warm and loving holidays!