This symbol, which is a blend of indigenous Taino imagery from the Dominican Republic and Ancient Etruscan references from Rome, is a symbol I developed to represent my work and identity. It features Atabey, the Taino goddess of fertility and the earth, the Taino symbol of the sun and Etruscan concentric circles, olive leaves, and the colors on the Italian flag and the Dominican flag.
Based off of a sketchbook doodle and rendered digitally.
Foods/Drinks My Parents Like That I Really Do Not
In an attempt to consider the parts of my culture that I don't necessarily identify with or feel connected to, I chose to focus on the foods that I have grown up surrounded by, because of my parents, but that I really do not like. It is a fun and engaging way at considering parts of food culture that might feel stereotypical for a society. For example, how can an Italian not like to eat Panettone and Sambuca? How can a Dominican that grew up with coconut trees in her backyard and with a family that drinks coconut water every single weekend not like it as well? Culture is never monolithic.
Yet, with this performance I am demonstrating my willingness to eat these *gross* foods in order to feel closer to my parents and my culture. As my father would say: "If I eat it enough, I'll learn to love it..."