12.5 x 9.5 inches
Edition of 60
This piece is titled PODEROSA and celebrates the BIPoC artist femmes and visionaries who are boldly unapologetically building their own collectives and institutions. Over the last few months, I’ve had the pleasure of collaborating with some amazing femmes who have a big vision - whether that’s building their own production companies, or launching a new brand, or entering spaces that are dominated by cis men. Some of the femmes are also raising children, caring for elderly parents, or doing their deep healing work.
I LOVE supporting folks in manifesting their big ideas. For the majority of my adult life, I have been an entrepreneur and institution builder. I never felt comfortable in male-run spaces, and my immigrant mom taught me how to build my own little start up. She didn’t have a college education but she had wits and drive, and she trusted her gut. In my early 20s, I dropped out of college to start my own business and launch my art studio.
Since then, I’ve been building institutions small and large to work with the folks who are aligned with radical values and who have the depth of lived experience, and who for a large part have been marginalized by our cultural system. I’m at my 5th organization and I am happy that my group of organizations/companies employs some amazing people - activists, artists, folks with wild ideas. It’s been tough but it’s also been very gratifying. Now I have the pleasures of showing others how to do this work and build new types of economic structures that center BIPoc communities and build cultural power.