Artist Statement

My work is a demand to be seen and understood while uncovering the layers of being a part of four different cultures: Peruvian, German, American, and Mexican, and the attempt to navigate assimilation to fit into each culture simultaneously, but still facing alienation.  By exploring my past experiences, I can create tangible objects from them, and although personal, I know that these concepts and ideas will allow me to connect with and challenge viewers. I create a visual narrative that reflects the loss of ethnic roots and explores the isolation and confusion felt from multiple cultures, a metaphor for the in-between– discovering a mental space that I have constructed while delving into my own and my family's past. I use myself as a subject as a form of empowerment and I rely on symbolism to connect with my audience in a universal way to challenge the viewer to consider their preconceptions of women of color. Through my work, I am turning the colonial gaze upon itself, and regaining my power and agency.