The words 'text' and 'textile' have a shared etymological root: Latin texere = “to weave.”
In a sense, woven textiles are textual codes.
The work of making textiles is thus akin to the work of making texts, and vice versa: textiles have been coded objects that embody our thinking and at times our most innovative conjuring. While my engagements with questions of craft might seem to belong to a world parallel (i.e. distant) to the world of critical thinking and contemporary art making that most artists inhabit, I find these questions urgent in both aesthetic and political terms within an art practice today: a practice that refuses to be complicit with hierarchical thinking in relation to work where the hand is present. With the hand in the foreground, I make artworks that take a variety of forms: drawing, sculpture, artist’s books, collages and mixed-mediums hybrids.
The process by which most of my work is made requires a rhythmic activity of stitched repetitions or actions. These can become trancelike in the best of moments. It is through this process that I know that as much as my work intersects with and borrows from systemic language and text, it also wrestles with language and its limits across the less effable aspects of the material and sensuous world in which we live and die.
Relationship to Chicago:
I was born in Mexico City and my family immigrated to Canada when I was a teenager. I moved to Chicago from New York in 1999. In 2001, after having been in Chicago for two years I started my MFA studies in the Fiber and Material Studies. I graduated in 2003 and began to teach at the University of Chicago as a Collegiate Assistant Professor. I then moved on to a tenure track position at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where I am now tenured Associate Professor in the Art Department. I have exhibited my work locally, nationally, and internationally. I have learned more about Chicago from my UIC students that I ever imagined possible. I continue to serve in art juries throughout the city, and I am a participant in various interdisciplinary dialogues within Chicago and abroad.
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Drawing, Fiber art, Installation, Mixed Media, Sculpture, Artist Books.Artist Books.