Como Sufre el Pecho Mio, 2017 48″ x 65″
I use a combination of acrylic, latex, and fabric to capture Latinx figurative narratives that are based on my familial relationships. The paintings are very intimate moments that represent the complexity of human interactions in domestic spaces specific to south Texas Latinxs. My process involves investigating and reflecting on actual significant memories that have shaped my development and combining them with family photos to recreate those memories. There is a sense of drama in these emotion filled works that are layered with physical and emotional depth. The domestic settings become characters themselves playing a role in my work and are representing archetypes of Latinx interior and exteriors homes. The tableaus are heavily layered with drips of paint , curated objects, and characters with expressive or expressionless faces.
I paint from a bi-cultural lens that documents my own personal experience with familial interactions specific to south Texas. The life of a daughter of immigrants living in South Texas can hold its own unique idiosyncrasy and, can contrast sharply in expressions of gender, culture, and place, as compared to the mainstream American family unit. I am interested in focusing on what sets my family apart and at the same time through that focus finding what makes us, immigrants, Americans as well.
My works are intended to be taken as visual biographies that recreate and reinvent from the actual narratives of my life. Subsequently my identity as a woman of color sets the tone of my interpretation of a south Texas contemporary landscape.
2018 Copyright Ruth L. Buentello