Yo Tengo Nombre, 2018 48″ x 60″
Ruth Buentellos’ works can be described as deeply visceral narratives about brown bodies and their relationships to their social and economic place in a south Texas Landscape. She creates composite images of families and individuals based from memory, news articles, and her own family album photographs. Her figures create a setting through use of dramatic compositions and /or expression of emotions allowing them to frame a story for the viewer. Her palette and choice of settings are inspired by the US/Mexico landscape. Her intention for her work is to create familiarity with brown subjects in painting and to challenge the current American hegemonic narrative.
My work centers on my identity as a Xicana in the United States. I explore familial relationships and focus on issues of gender, gender identity, and patriarchy within the home. As a daughter of Mexican immigrants my narratives also explore responses to current issues of immigration. My process involves creating composite references of family photos layered with drawings, patterns, symbols or actual objects from memory . I incorporate materials from the domestic sphere to my work uplifting my education received from my mother and father about craft and labor into my work. My intent is to create space for the Xicanx narrative in the “canon” of art.
2018 Copyright Ruth L. Buentello