La Manta De La Memoria 1

Collage with Linoleum Block and Photo Transfer Elements on Cotton Rag Paper
22.5 x 15 inches

Mantas de la Memoria means Memory Cloth in English. I was inspired to create these prints to celebrate the role of weaving and storytelling in my culture.

My two parents are from Peru, and one of the things that I've enjoyed learning about is the various approaches to weaving and fabric design that exist throughout the different parts of the Andes, also known as La Sierra.

The approaches to symbolism and color vary by indigenous culture, location and climate. In this series of works, I wanted to reclaim my ancestral practice and use some of my own symbolism to talk about my contemporary reality as an American Peruvian woman. I incorporated different kinds of symbols and elements that are unique to my lived experience as a woman of color in the United States and a Peruvian in the diaspora.

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