As an artist I am continuing to work and create with the purpose of tackling social and political issues as well as creating art that looks inward and creates spaces for healing.
"Autumn Heat" (2019)
“Autumn Heat” explores familial ties and ideas of community as having the potential for both nurture and rejection. This work focuses on queer romance and was performed a cast of LGBTQ+ dancers. In the piece I conveyed queer love in a tender light choosing to turn away from prevalent hypersexualized depictions in the media.
The movement is sweeping and the audience is carried through loose narrative. Religious imagery is evoked then then reframed. The work oozes nostalgia. Images arise and fade away again like smoke. The audience is left longing and grasping for something like love, just out of reach.
Photography by Josh Pacheco
"En La Luz" film (2020)
“En La Luz” was born out of an uncertain and depressing time. The Covid 19 Pandemic forced us into our homes and created space for both reflection and isolation. This film explores themes of mental health and fortitude. The work focuses on the way light can be manipulated, shut out but eventually let in.
"Casas de Carton" (2021)
work in progress
This piece was developed from a single question "What use does the idea of Utopia have?" This question was posed in a famous quote by Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano. His works call to attention inequality and exploitation of working class people. In my piece I combine this quote along with the song “Casas de Carton” a famous Salvadorean protest song which was at one point banned in the country. The song chronicles the singer’s observations of the destitute poor living in makeshift homes while even the dogs of the elite lived well and received canine education. As a person from Latin America specifically Dominican Republic I grew up listening to this song but its meaning has begun to ring truer and truer watching income inequality reach astronomical heights in the “first world” empire of America. With this work I hope to create a space for reflection and encourage action against wealth inequality.