2019, installation, chair, found embroidery, glass beads, metal, chain, ceramic, pigment, pearls, plaster on wire mesh, 15’ L x 9’ D x 9’ h
Charlotte was created during my 2019 residency at McColl Center for Art + Innovation.
2016 - 2017, Found embroidery, glass beads, glass pieces
Upper chair 20th century, chair legs 18th century
The Embroidered Allegories Series began in December of 2014 after a bus accident which broke my left foot and in turn prevented me from dancing. I had taught Afro Latin dance residencies in New York City and abroad for 20 years. Being an Afro Latin dancer was a part of my identity since childhood, these dances and music were created under the most difficult historical circumstances. That moment ended and I was left with the remnants of that former life. While recuperating from my accident I began to cut the embroidery from my dance outfits, the shawls for my students, and my daughter’s childhood dresses. The first works using the embroidery were works on paper. However in February of 2016 while at the Joan Mitchel Center residency I had a breakthrough and began working on La Cordobésa. The chair is a hybrid like the culture of the Americas. The upper part of the chair is from the Joan Mitchell Center. I obtained the chair legs from Utica, NY, while at the Sculpture Space Residency. The pieces of embroidery are from every part of the world, again reflecting the diversification of the Americas.
My mothers side of the family have been bull fighters in Colombia for generations. La Cordobésa is inspired by my cousin who was well known as one of the first female bullfighters. The Embroidered Allegories is inspired by the suit of lights worn by Bullfighters.
2016, Clay sculpture, violin tailpiece, leather, embroidery, glass beads, bells
2018, Silk, linens and metal Embroidery, glass beads, glass pieces,
This work was created during my 2018 Museum of Arts and Design Residency. 2 % is the amount of world wide wealth in the hands of women.
2018, Wooden 19th century crib, embroidery, glass beads, glass pieces, sequin
2018, embroidery, glass beads, glass pieces
The Storyteller was created during my 2018 residency at THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN.
2015, embroidery, ink, colored pencil and water color on paper