Regional Fictions, a collaborative exhibition with Jamal Cyrus, re-contextualized the literary term “regional fiction” to examine the lies and omissions present in the historical lore of geographical areas, particularly as taught to school age children. The show at MASS Gallery in Austin was accompanied by a panel discussion about decolonizing the classroom and the Austin Chronicle ran a glowing review of our work. Photos by Andrea Calo.
M*dres is an ongoing series of silkscreen prints about the language of moms/mothers/madres in American and Mexican culture. The series mines the political and the comical in the social framing of motherhood and the paradoxical existence of the parent-artist as caretaker in a profession that lionizes the unattached individual living only for the work. The featured silkscreen prints employ phrases in English and Spanish containing the words mom/mother/madre to critically approach these loaded labels. Some are common phrases, some are swears, and some are backhanded compliments. In English, using the word “mom” as an adjective automatically devalues what follows, and what follows often has to do with appearance – mom jeans, mom body, mom haircut, etc. The Spanish phrases seem relatively harmless in literal translation, but in context transform to vulgarities you probably wouldn’t use in the presence of your own mother.