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.
ribbon, acrylic paint, phosphorescent paint, yarn
This installation serves as a response to the way language can exist explicitly and implicitly. Even though discriminatory and harmful words have always existed and been used, there was an increase of conversation about "political correctness" and discrimination/racism during the presidential campaign of 2016. This installation, of labelling words that exist seemingly innocently in the light, brings the audience face to face with the "insult" counterparts of these labels once the lights are turned off. Standing in the middle of this installation is meant to overwhelm the viewer with a sense of anxiety and discomfort, allowing the audience to understand the effect these words can have even if it is not apparent at first.