As a Hispanic woman I am very proud of my language and culture. I have been working very hard on doing the things that give meaning to me. I painted a new piece during a time when I was analyzing my life and everything that has influenced in forming who I am. Being the first generation born in the US from Mexican parents and growing up in both sides of the US/MX border, I realized that I was given the option to choose between two completely different cultures. One that offered me a better quality of life, education, better job opportunities and on the other hand, I had the culture that at a glance offered no future but is filled with my history, my ancestors, my roots. Therefore, the title of this piece is Rescate Ancestral, because even though I chose to become part of the culture that offers me a better future, I want to keep alive the memories of my country. I submitted this piece to the “2012 Mujer: The Force Within” Juried Exhibition last year. They awarded 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners of the juried exhibition. Attendees had the opportunity to cast their vote for their favorite piece. It was announced at the end of the night that I had won The Peoples Choice Award. This award came at a good time in my life. I was taking big steps in my artistic career, the reaction of the people and the support I received during this show served as reassurance that I was making the right artistic choices.
- Estela Gama
- Long Beach, CA, United States
- I don't set out to produce art about one subject or another. My work tends to focus on current emotions influenced by what I'm experiencing at the moment. Life has a way of falling into place after the struggles, and that is what I try to communicate through my Artwork. Although I use a variety of mediums and processes in each piece my methodology is consistent.