I started working as an artist in the seventies and ever since then the major focus of my work has been developing a feminist vision, applied not only to women’s issues, but also in society as a whole.
In the late seventies, while still studying in Mexico, I read about the Woman’s Building and decided I just had to study there. I obtained my “Mistress of Art” degree there, and had the privilege of working with artists like Suzanne Lacy, Leslie Labowitz and Jerri Allyn.
Back in Mexico in the early eighties I formed the first feminist art group in Mexico with Maris Bustamante. It was called Polvo de Gallina Negra, which is a remedy against the evil eye: we figured it was hard enough to be a woman artist, but to be a feminist artist was so complicated our name had to protect us. I also taught a feminist art class out of which Tlacuilas y Retrateras, a second feminist art group was formed.
Eventually the work I did has had to do with social systems in general, applying what I learnt from feminism. In 1989, Victor Lerma and I formed Pinto mi Raya, an art project focused on making the Mexican art system work better. Among other things, we have fomed a very important archive that, in 2008, includes over 23,000 essays and reviews on art published on major Mexican newspapers.
My work as an artist, my work as a feminist include my art work, my teaching, my writing (I have published 4 books and have had a weekly column in El Universal, one of the major newspapers in Mexico since 1989), my lecturing and most of my activities. It includes my life, which I have shared with Victor Lerma since 1972 and has given me the most important things in my life: my son Adan and my daughter Yuruen.
Statement courtesy of the artist
Goddard College, Plainfield, VT, USA (1978-1980)
Escuela Nacional de Artes Plásticas, Mexico City, Mexico (1973-1976)
lover of and collaborated with Victor Lerma
collaborated with Maris Bustamante
colleague of Suzanne Lacy
colleague of Leslie Labowitz