LA CORDOBÉSA
       
     
LA CORDOBÉSA detail
       
     
TUNISIA
       
     
2 %
       
     
CRIB
       
     
THE STORYTELLER
       
     
THE HARVEST
       
     
LA CORDOBÉSA
       
     
LA CORDOBÉSA

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.

LA CORDOBÉSA detail
       
     
LA CORDOBÉSA detail
TUNISIA
       
     
TUNISIA

2016, Clay sculpture, violin tailpiece, leather, embroidery, glass beads, bells

2 %
       
     
2 %

2018, Silk, linens and metal Embroidery, glass beads, glass pieces,
metal base

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.

CRIB
       
     
CRIB

2018, Wooden 19th century crib, embroidery, glass beads, glass pieces, sequin

THE STORYTELLER
       
     
THE STORYTELLER

2018, embroidery, glass beads, glass pieces

The Storyteller was created during my 2018 residency at THE MUSEUM OF ARTS AND DESIGN.

THE HARVEST
       
     
THE HARVEST

2015, embroidery, ink, colored pencil and water color on paper