Hiding in my Colchas: a space to hide, dream, and process.
A self portrait series that depicts my relationship with Mexican colchas as symbol for protection, escape, comfort, and desire.
Colchas are cultural objects that are mass produced in many colors, patterns and symbols throughout Mexico and the southwest of the United States. I had many different colchas over my lifespan. Colchas represented more than warmth, they were my escape from my surroundings, from my dysfunctional functioning family. As I grew older the colcha changed its meaning/function for me. It became a way to hide my body from violence. It was a way to hide my discomfort of my changing body, a hiding my sexuality.