Encounter is a mixture of two different projects. Watercolor head cutouts float on top of acrylic, and charcoal collages, mounted on wood.
I have been married to my husband for over four years and together for more than twelve. This project started as testament of what marriage is to us, a homosexual couple living in this crazy current political climate. What started as a personal project and journey, however, quickly became something bigger than us. A universal contemporary story of partnership navigating through different social norms and expectations set for same sex couples.
The cultural mixture (Cuban and Mexican) between the two act as a form of flexible adhesive that holds our relationship together by adding complexity, but that flexibility can also lead to catastrophe at times. Just like an m electromagnetic force, our differences can be appealing but our similarities can be opposing to one another. I realized after creating this personal narrative about love hardship, that I had generated also a common language that showcases a juxtaposition of positive and negative cultural unification.