My work is motivated by constructed social hierarchies, diasporic identity, and colonialism, which I situate in engaging and contemplative contexts. I aim to challenge the boundaries between audience, artist, and the work itself and to amplify the democratic potential that art has to offer. My practice walks the line between social practice, immersive installations, and architectural interventions to engage the public through my use of traditional and unusual materials. Materiality and humanity are intertwined, whereby I create an accessible experience for audiences who approach my work.
Alluding to issues of class, race, cultural origins, hierarchies, and myth, I create symbolic gestures of colonization and subjugation, prompting viewers to reconsider postcolonial visual culture. These gestures are directly connected to my upbringing, personal and familial relationships, and my geographical relationships with past and present communities in Puerto Rico, United States, and the wider Caribbean.
My appreciation for multiple disciplines manifests itself not only in my visual work, but also in my philosophy on life. I want to create possibilities for connecting diverse communities and providing visibility to artists. This has led me to create an artist-run project space in the backyard of my home. This project space allows me to give opportunities to artists, at various stages of their careers, with a platform to experiment and showcase new work. More than providing visibility, I foster relationships between the artists and audiences. My affinity for curatorial pursuits has expanded in the last year; for example, I was invited by an institution to curate an exhibition, showing groundbreaking works by underrepresented artists, who have expansive and brilliant careers but are not focused on commercial aspects of the art world.