LEGENDS FROM THE REALM OF NEPANTLA 2007-2017
DEFIANT DIGNITY IN THE REALM OF NEPANTLA
“LEGENDS FROM THE REALM OF NEPANTLA" is series of oil and pastel paintings of a modern myth that explores my own personal conflict and resolution, utilizing contemporary symbols such as ski masks, military uniforms, lingerie and cartoons. The ski masks and military uniforms has become a universal symbols of conflict.
Nepantla is a 16th century Aztec word, meaning,"in the middle", that they coined undergoing the conquest. The Chicana writer, Gloria Anzaldúa redefined it, from her essay, "Toward a New Chicana Conciousness" to be, "torn between two ways", describing the immigrant experience of Mexican Americans. For me, this word has explained my own ancestral trauma, giving me the opportunity to transcend it.
1. Anzaldúa, Gloria. "La conciencia de la mestiza: Towards a New Consciousness." In Making Face, Making Soul / Haciendo caras: Creative and Critical Perspectives by Women of Color. Ed. Gloria Anzaldúa. San Francisco: Aunt Lute, 1990. 377-89. Print.
This specific quote was taken from page 377.
2. To read more about Gloria Anzaldúa and the word, nepantla, follow this link on wikipedia follow this link:
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