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In Search of Culture
My art practice uses colourful and whimsical motifs as I play with the balance of different ideologies and the mix of cultures from my experiences as a child immigrant to Canada. I use my life experiences as an immigrant from Guatemala to create works that deal with the balance of different ideologies and cultures that create and inform my own identity. My work examines belonging, identity, social dynamics, and multiculturalism that reflect the diverse communities to which I have belonged to. I use the modalities of illustration, printmaking, and public art to challenge the blurred lines of the “In Between” culture of multiculturalism. I also look to explore Canadian society’s compartmentalization of cultures to challenge views of what encompasses cultural appropriation. My works explore the connection between my experiences and the mixed cultural identity that leads to the creation of the “In Between” culture.
6″x 9″ Woven Lino cut prints on Mulberry paper
As an artist who has consistently tried to create an art practice that is a self-reflection of herself, Andrea has often found herself in-between cultures. Born in Guatemala yet having grown up in Canada, she struggled with creating work that is not appropriating another culture even though Andrea was exposed to other cultures which she found more of a connection with than her
cultural heritage. As such, this series of works is a journey of self-discovery through learning about Guatemalan culture and specifically Mayan heritage such as the use of textiles to pass down a visual history of spirituality and culture. In doing so Andrea hopes to explore more the idea of the in-between and find the connection to culture.
Left: Disjoined 18″ x 24
The Cost of The System
6″ x 9″ Lino cuts on Rice paper
Inspired by the discourse brought about by the mandates, misinformation, isolation and the dissolution of community during the pandemic, this series was created to reflect conversations had with people coming from a diverse range of backgrounds.
Left: Mark of the System
Left: Loss of Connection (Hidden)
18″ x 24″ Pastrel matt card cut-out on a Washi paper backdrop
This piece explores the normalization of colonial myths found in oral stories and songs passed down to children. Inspired by La Negrita Cucurumbé written by Francisco Gabilondo Solar, a song written to give children the message of finding beauty in oneself and self-acceptance, even though the language used negates this purpose. Through, this artwork, Andrea aims to understand and rewrite the racial code and societal constructs learnt from childhood.