(series), 2013, embroidered plastic bags, various sizes.
Embroidered corner-store grocery bags. Rescued from the gutter; blowing down the street like city tumbleweed. I reclaim and elevate what once was discarded by creating embellished art objects. Growing up in Brooklyn and Harlem I'd visit my block's bodega daily, with pennies in hand, and leave with priceless treasures. More than just bags, they reflect a sense of pride for my neighborhood and are a symbol of my cultural identity.
(Performance), Duration: 3 hours, 2016, Images form TRACES, Ni de aquí, Ni de allá Opening Reception at Area 405 CURATED BY: Ashley Delara DeHoyos.
An intricate celebration of a Panameña set to the beat of the Congo de Colon, which runs in her veins. The performance is an exploration of space, rhythm, cultural, spirituality, and ancient healing. The forest floor is her dance floor, nature is her medicine, and Coco Solo is her heart. The sculptural objects crafted and housed in her reliquary reflect upon the culture that is forever imprinted in her skin and fused to her bones. Panamanian Artista (Artist), Nicoletta Daríta de la Brown, draws from her experience growing up as a Negrita (Black Latina) often feeling misplaced and disconnected from her source. Her identity birthed in the pieces of Panama that her Mamá (Mother) and Abuelita (Grandmother) brought with them as immigrants to the United States.
Forest Floor Alter
(Series), 2016, Sulptural Installation (for Negrita Doctress Performance) for TRACES Exhibition, Ni de aquí, Ni de allá at Area 405 CURATED BY: Ashley Delara DeHoyos.
I'm exploring a connection and separation. Although separated (Panama) from the source (Spain) the spanish language remains an undoubtable and unmistakable connection, and is integral to One's (Culture's) notion of self. Yet, when taken out of context it (Latino Identity) is often misunderstood, and misinterpreted, like an organ removed from the body.
Medium Format, 35MM & Digital Photography Images.
Chucha Terrarium (Pussy Garden)
2014, silicone, moss, acrylic, mineral pigment, faceted gemstones, 4" x 4" x 4", 12" circumstance
An art object about unabashed self-love and femininity. I am a woman. I enjoy sex. I enjoy the vulnerability of true intimacy. I embrace my sexuality and sensuality. This piece is about becoming friends with, and tending to, my vagina.