For educational use
Congratulations to first Chicano/Latino U.S Poet laureate Juan Felipe Herrera
The images I create, borrow, and manipulate are experiences, souvenirs, memories from my life. I may choose to honor a person or mock them as my reaction to a situation. I’ve been known to use my art to work through grief or work through a problem. I poke fun at those people who call artists of Mexican descent only for Cinco de Mayo and Día de los Muertos exhibits.
I do not believe it is necessary to read an artist’s race/culture in his or her work. My work reflects who I am: the product of my parents; a native resident of Phoenix, Arizona; the wife of a handsome and talented artist; the mother of a young son (also handsome and talented). Read into that what you choose.
My intention is to prove that I am unique. My experiences may or may not resemble yours. The prejudice I receive comes from both sides of the fence. The original reason I began my Hispanic series is because I was told my work was “too Chicano”and “not Chicano enough.” This from Chicano arts organizations! The world is confusing enough without being told that you need to experience it a certain way just because you have brown skin.- Annie Lopez