I create the visual experience as language with multilayered meaning, contradictory at times, simultaneously abstract and recognizable. I value allowing the work to speak for itself. For me, art that cannot be understood in some manner without an artist statement, has failed as a work. I still value an artist statement nonetheless at times, but those statements that have no real connection to the experience of the work itself are not credible.
I use various mediums in execution of my projects: painting, sculpture, crocheting, ceramics, printmaking, photography, performance art, and video. References to being female, human, sister, wife, mother, healer, scientist, and multicultural, all influence my work.
My art practice is conceptual, rather than concretely feeling obligated that the end product must fit into the realm of what is narrowly defined as conceptual in contemporary art practice. The narrow definition of the conceptual is adhered to by those that do not think for themselves, but follow the arbitrary rules that are created by others that have power over contemporary art practice. I do not exclude my hand from this practice for the hand is the mind.
In expressing the conceptual, there exist different degrees of ‘recognizability’. All are equally valid. Creating an ever increasing unreadable object is no more valid than creating an object that exists in ‘reality’. It is the context of these art objects that gives them real validity over time.
Perhaps now you may understand why an artist who is constantly researching and exploring cannot merely live in the narrow confines of one ‘style’. The conceptual practice of an artist does not always culminate in a concrete manifestation of ‘object’. The performative as part of the process results many times in ‘the actual experience is the work of art’. Nonetheless, symbolically/metaphorically, there is a DNA of Memory that exists if only in the body of the artist.
Ironically, discovery must always be unfettered by any confine of dogma.
Chaos is the ultimate creator of the new
I have an MFA in Studio Art from Tufts University/School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. I have exhibited my work nationally with numerous awards. I am a summa cum laude graduate with a BA in Biology and a Doctorate in Medicine.
I was born in New York City, grew up in La Habana Cuba and in the south Bronx where I attended the Bronx HS of Science. Bilingual from birth, I am the oldest child of Puerto Rican and Cuban parents.
I was fortunate to learn how to see the light as an artist from Paul Ingbretson. I was in his atelier 1995-1997.
I have taught at numerous places including School of the Museum of Fine Arts (painting), the New Hampshire Institute of Art (drawing and printmaking), and was Master Teacher in Studio Arts at the St. Paul’s School Advanced Studies Program (Concord, NH).
Currently I have a studio in Litmus Gallery located in downtown Raleigh, NC. I am represented by 5 Points Gallery in Durham NC.