I’m a first-generation US born, Mexican Indigenous woman. I picked up a camera over two years ago as a response and desire to preserving and reconnecting to my community after a 3 year creative block and loss.
For my work in general it is about creating a connection to community and to people who have similar struggles, pains, desires and dreams. I use my camera as a storytelling tool to document people and places that I encounter in my daily life.
I attended the California College of the Arts on a full ride scholarship from 2003-2006. I graduated with a BFA in Fashion Design and Art in Community. During my time at CCA I took a mentorship with Professor, Human Rights Activist and Artist, Claudia Bernardi, where I learned to bridge my art work to create and implement community based workshops and art classes.
From 2005-2017 I worked as an Art Instructor, Youth Counselor and Case Manager in classroom, community and inpatient facilities with foster care and migrant youth and adults with developmental disabilities, where I created and implemented art classes and workshops for behavioral rehabilitation, healing and artistic expression. I advocated and collaborated with community partners to meet children and family needs. I also got the opportunity to curate and show my students and clients work in galleries and museums.
I have shown my work in varies galleries and centers. I have made costumes for the stage, worked in medium size fashion houses and have styled films and fashion photoshoots.
I can provide a CV upon request.