The work in Grietas/Fissures stems from a desire to bring to the foreground the transfiguration that takes place in the body as a result of transculturation. Necessary to this exploration has been my individual experience and the void/pregnant space that my body has come to represent. This experience has led to an array of work that inhabits or mimics mythical, often regligious, icons and explores my own fluctuating geography via visual and sound media. Imbedded in this transculturation is a sense of distance from land, family, culture, gender and myself: forever teetering between coming and going, between past and present, between hetero and homosexual, voyeur and active participant. It is the voice of movement, contamination, interruption, and loss that I hoped to capture in Grietas/Fissures.
Texts by :
Patricia Villalobos Echeverria
Sagahun - Account of La Virgen de Guadalupe's apparition
Don Antonio Valeriano - "Nican Mopohua" Nahuatl voice
Celeste Olalquiaga from her book "Megalopolis: Contemporary Cultural Sensibilities."
Patricia Villalobos Echeverria is an artist who works in audio, prints, photography and installations. She currently teaches art at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.