When I submitted this self-portrait to the contest “Little Me” to the Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine, I had no idea that the issue was going to be about authenticity. And honestly, I don’t know which of the two honor me more: the fact that I was published as one of the finalist, or that my painting was chosen as part of the authenticity theme. This publication reminded me that nobody can validate or approve my dreams and what it is my heart; only the courage of being authentic can lead the way.
Cloth Paper Scissors, Collage Mix Media Magazine,
I have not enjoyed an embroidery project like this one in a long time! There is something about this girl that I simply adore <3. She will be part of the my next adventure: a collection of pillows with embroidery patches. This is the process of how this girl came to life!
I am sick of hearing people saying: "run like a man" or "fight like a man" or "grow some balls" as a symbol of growing courage.
Well, first of all, I think you can actually "run like a girl" and win; you can "fight like a girl" and be strong and also win; and definitely, there is absolutely no need to "grow some balls" in order to be courageous. In fact, everybody knows that balls are very delicate. The uterus on the other hand, I think is one of our strongest organs. It can hold and push a baby, taking a hell of a beating during labor, then heal itself, and then repeat.
So, When I made this girl with her "Love Pink & Fight Like a Girl" is a metaphor. We do not need to emulate "like a man" to be strong and courageous. We can be all that and while being girls and/or women, always occupying our own skin.
I am hoping to use this illustration in woven patches and pins that would be availab…
"Feet, what do I need them for if I have wings to fly" ~ FRIDA KAHLO
I have loved Frida since my early teens. My admiration always came from her strong sense of self and self determination. Since las year, I have been uncontrollable driven to make Frida as my theme regardless the medium, to the point that I began to question if I would ever paint or create "something else" again. At the same time, I have been experiencing some excruciating physical pain for the last couple of months. In between needles, blood, exams, pain, and very caring nurses, I reflected about my pain and Frida. I realized that my admiration has gone far deeper than for a bad ass woman. Like Frida, during my most painful moments, I choose to paint, to make things, to create. I have never been so consistently focus on my creations than these past painful months. For some reason, I chose to paint my pain through Frida. I have fully embraced her resilience and her willingness to live life in c…