Maria Quevedo

www.mariaquevedo.com

Yo Creo

2019
Digital Collage
Dimensions Vary, Multiple Printing Sizes

Suave

2018
Interactive Installation / Soft Sculpture
11ft x 8ft (body for reference)

Reuso

2019
Ready-made Objects / Photography
Multiple Printing Sizes

Reuso

2019
Ready-made Objects / Photography
Multiple Printing Sizes

Multiuso

2019
Ready-made Rosary Underwear / Photography
Multiple Printing Sizes

Multiuso

2019
Ready-made Rosary Underwear / Photography
Multiple Printing Sizes

Mi Familia En Pintura (Plátano)

2019
Acrylic on Canvas
18in x 14in

La Nueva Religión

2018
Digital Collage
Multiple Printing Sizes

La Nueva Religión

2018
Digital Collage
Multiple Printing Sizes

Artist Statement

My work focuses on questioning systems of power and how they have shaped opposing values in Latin American culture. These dominant culture has created the collective latinx identity, which is filled with harmonious contradictions that are rooted in violent colonization, western influence, and native traditions. I explore the difficulty of finding a sense of identity when many of the aspects I appreciate from my culture oppose the values I strongly stand for. Mainstream Latin American culture has misogynist dynamics and heteronormative family ideals that are the consequence of obsolete mentalities rooted in the Catholic Church. These cultural characteristics have become part of my identity regardless of the fact that I reject them, given that I grew up within them. I approach these contradictory values at a personal level by reframing and altering commonly found objects and images that reference identifiable cultural figures. Most recently, I have engaged in a series of paintings that, through image and text, comment on cultural displacement and simultaneously cultural appreciation.