LEGENDS FROM THE REALM OF NEPANTLA 2007-2017

ISIS RODRÍGUEZ

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

“LEGENDS FROM THE REALM OF NEPANTLA" is series of oil and pastel paintings of a modern myth using myself as the muse.  They wear ski masks and military uniforms as symbols of conflict and when dressed in lingerie, they become archetypes protesting shame and guilt. 

Nepantla is a 16th century word, meaning,"in the middle of it", that was coined by the Aztecs while undergoing the conquest. I realize that I too exist in a nepantlic environment undergoing a personal conquest.  For me, this word has explained my own history of ancestral and generational trauma, giving me the opportunity to transcend it. "

Isis Rodriguez 

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:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nepantla

© 2020 by Isis Rodríguez

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The Understanding

Pastel on paper 40" x 28"