Ghosts I Grew Up With
My passion lies in the creation of textiles that are evocative of the sensations and memories of a particular time and place. The use of all naturally sourced dyes and fibers lend themselves to intensive processes which instill sentimental value through marks left by the hand.
Additionally, locally sourced dye often comes together to form a palate completely unique to its region. The use of these plants often have dual purposes as well. For example, black beans, turmeric and avocados which are used in kitchens all throughout Miami and the islands also create gorgeous shades of blues, yellows and pinks.
However, I find that working in such a specific tradition while developing your own artistry is increasingly difficult due to an astounding lack of information readily available on textile craft of the Caribbean and even less specifically pertaining to my Cuban and Guyanese heritage. There is a long and rich history of Latin American and West Indian fiber art which I hope to create a dialogue with through my work and shed light on the interesting juxtaposition of cultures which have raised me and exist more widely than perhaps many people are aware of in a time when the US is more truly in need of an education in diversity and inclusion than ever.