1. Mexican Matriarchy (Polvo de Gallina Negra) (2019) – soap, oil on canvas & fabric; varying sizes
2. Made up spaces (2018) – matte prints; 18 x 12 in.
My art practice has allowed me to continuously explore, analyze and reflect on my experiences and memories through social, cultural, and community lenses in order to build an identity that feels like home. It has allowed me to reclaim my roots, language, and validate my experiences as an ethnic woman born in the US to immigrant parents. I’ve realized how these experiences have contributed towards the hybridity and fluidity of my Mexican-American identity. The ethnic and geographical aspects of my practice have allowed me to accept that sense of displacement within my identity–I am neither from here nor there.
© Edith Mendez