As you look through my artwork, you’ll notice that there are a few that have a pink room with stripes. This world I have created is a representation of oddity and curiosity. A world that bridges the gap between the conscious and the subconscious. The pink room is a vessel for these oddities where they can run wild and play. Pigs own butcher shops where they slaughter other pigs. Nurses hold fetal pigs that were meant to be used in classrooms as experiments and dress them up in tutus. And for some reason, girls are transformed into fruit that can be seen as some kind of innuendo. All of my artwork comes from deep inside of my subconscious. I don’t force them out, I let them present themselves to me through strange objects I find in thrift stores, eBay, and shelves in my bedroom. You will also see a pattern of the use of meat and internal organs in my artwork. I don’t want the presentation of those things to just have shock value. I want them to desensitize ourselves to objects that already exists inside of ourselves, but we just don’t realize it in our day to day lives.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
My name is Dalila and I am a surrealist artist from the Chicagoland area. My work is inspired by old children’s book illustrations as well as vintage toys I find in thrift stores. I was classically trained and graduated from the Chicago High School for the Arts and am currently attending Malcolm X College to become an art professor. I have won multiple Scholastic Art and Writing awards including gold key, silver key, and honorable mentions. As an artist, my goal is to create an experience that my audience can’t during their waking life. I want to explore the endless possibilities that art can offer.
© Dalila Mendez