The Color of Women
The Color of Women is a new body of work that celebrates women, beginning with those from my city, San Antonio. The work will showcase the poise, body language, style movement and relationships between women. We are connected by all of these things that are uniquely ours as women. I want to examine the inner and outer beauty from diverse ages, shapes, and ethnicities.
The processes I'm working with are direct watercolor painting and watercolor monotype for the portraiture; collage with hand stitching for the clothing; and lace and other textures for the backgrounds, combining them to make this work lusciously rich in feminine beauty. The collage aspect of this takes me back to my roots in sewing. Growing up, my mother had a room full of wall-to-wall fabrics, and she taught me to sew at a young age. I made my first outfit in 5th grade. I feel a strong connection to my mother when selecting papers and with the sewing I apply to each piece.
Additionally, many of the portraits will be accompanied by audio clips from these women, discussing what their relationship to another woman means to them, discussing what being a woman means to them.. I will also be adding animations connected to this series of several of the women. Stay tuned for my first animation in 2019.