Fragment, 2019

Archival inkjet print, wood panel, acrylic paint, Epoxy

48 x 56 in

1 + 1 A.P

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Fragment, 2019

Archival inkjet print, wood panel, acrylic paint, Epoxy

48 x 56 in

1 + 1 A.P

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Left to right Fragment 2019, back Subject #6 variation 1 vinyl, right Puzzled

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The Constructed Self (2019-2022) is a series of portraits that use collage to visually represent the intersections of identity, self-representation, race, gender, and belonging within first, second, and third-generation American immigrants. Using digital photography as a foundation, I transform traditional prints into three-dimensional objects by cutting and incorporating tactile elements such as wood, paint, and resin. The labor-in-tensive techniques I apply to create these sculptural objects not only allow for a physical deconstruction of my images but also become a form of meditation that reflects my efforts in trying to reconstruct and make sense of my own identity.

Like a puzzle, my identities intersect coming together to construct my multiple sense of Self. Although I do not appear in the pictures I see the works as self-reflective and it's very important for me to show the diversity within my models. As an immigrant from Latin America and a descendant of Indigenous Peoples from the South, I feel the need to celebrate diversity to reframe the representation of historically marginalized identities.

Some of the pieces that make up these dimensional portraits can be rearranged and displayed in various ways to express the notion that identity is a social construct. At once colorful, surreal, and minimal, my constructed portraits invite the viewer to challenge their own perceptions and biases, by highlighting the complexities that make up who we are.


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Untitled (fragmentos), 2021

Archival inkjet print, wood, acrylic paint, Epoxy
69.5 x 46 in
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Segmented, 2022

Archival inkjet print, wood, acrylic paint, Epoxy

66.5 x 45 in

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Fractional, 2022

Archival inkjet print, wood, acrylic paint, Epoxy

20 x 24 in

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Sliced, 2022

Archival inkjet print, wood, acrylic paint, Epoxy

27 x 27.5 in

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Rearranged ll, 2022

Archival inkjet print, wood, acrylic paint, Epoxy 

32 x 30.5 in

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Untitled (perspective), 2021

Archival inkjet print, wood, acrylic paint, Epoxy
35 × 28 in
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Untitled (rearranged), 2021

Archival inkjet print, wood, acrylic paint, Epoxy
31 1/2 × 25 1/4 in
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Twisted variation, 2021

Archival inkjet print, wood, gesso, metal, acrylic paint, Epoxy
24 × 24 × 15 in
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When is that we truly belong?, 2021

Acrylic, wood, acrylic paint, led light
24 × 24 in
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Twisted, 2020

Archival inkjet print, wood, acrylic paint, epoxy, metal rope

18 x 52.5 x 18 in

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Fractured, 2021

Archival inkjet print, wood, acrylic paint, Epoxy, vinyl
50 × 40 in
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Untitled (perspective ll), 2021

Archival inkjet print, wood, acrylic paint, Epoxy
30 × 24 in
1 + 1 A.P.
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I am large, 2021 & I contain multitudes, 2021

Wood, acrylic paint, archival inkjet print, acrylic
16 × 12 in
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"I am large," "I contain multitudes" borrows the name from Walt Whitman's poem, Song of Myself, 51: "Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, (I am large, I contain multitudes.)"
I appropriate Whitman's words to speak about the multiplicity of identity and how the unity of identity is a limitation or even repression.

We can be complex and many, we could be whatever we want to be. We can fight invisibility and define ourselves by turning against the normative and the colonial gaze that dictates this world. We should recognize and celebrate ourselves and the multitudes we contain.

Puzzled, 2020

Archival inkjet print, wood panel, acrylic paint, Epoxy

53 x 38 in

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