More recent work explores aspects of my biography and relationship to my mom, an immigrant who dropped out of school at the age of fourteen to work. For much of her life she worked as a house cleaner. Trauma marked much of her early life, and she was a survivor of sexual abuse. Cleaning, getting rid of dirt and stains was an obsession for her, a way for her to exert control in a world that was unpredictable and chaotic. I am, in a way to get closer to her, to understand her, mimicking her actions of cleaning to produce drawings, prints and impressions. These prints are of paper towels made with ink and wiped away in areas with bleach. These works are meant to be a repudiation of violence and to find beauty and gentleness in the domestic.
yupo paper, ink, bleach