New York City, NY
My current work is an investigation of identity and citizenship that attempts to go beyond my own experience. My objective is to get closer to other people’s experiences of migration and assimilation in a new homeland. I will be interviewing people from places I visit, including the community near El Museo. My goal resides in documenting various family migration stories, searching for new angles of perception on citizenship and the definition of the American dream.
During my time researching, I will sketch and interview people, then bring my work into the museum to create narratives from their stories, followed by making garments that have those stories collaged into a type of embroidery and pattern. Watercolors cut into oval shapes will be made into a pattern that speaks of textiles on the walls of the space. The garments will be displayed installation-style; they will be viewable in different ways, and on the garments stories will live that bring forward thoughts and experiences of migration and community. While I am there, visitors are welcome to try accessories that I will make, such as the paper crowns or even take a closer look at the garments.
The interviews I make will be voice recorded and the visitors will be allowed to listen to them and visually follow the narrative of the garments while I work on the watercolor.
Credit: Exhibition overview from museum website.