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.
In response to a consideration of themes of visibility, I am considering the visibility of immigrants within the structure of government identification and paperwork. I show my mother’s real Florida driver’s license which is a legitimization of her identity as a US citizen. Yet, the shapes of a fragmented permanent resident document obstruct this document, bringing her citizenship and her hypothetical resident status to the same level of visibility. Through the fictional resident card I want to highlight how an immigrant, despite becoming naturalized, can still face conflicts with visibility and power as their identity is still very much linked to paperwork.