Encounter is a mixture of two different projects. Watercolor head cutouts float on top of acrylic paintings, charcoal markings, and photo collages that are then mounted on wood.
I have been married to my husband for over four years and together for more than twelve. The conception of the series started as a testament to 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 acts 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 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.