Cindy Uriostegui, Mixed-Media Artist
Art has always been a significant part of my life, a way for me to help cope with trauma and manifest these complex emotions that I could not voice myself. The process of creating art acted as a form of self-healing and personal self-realization. As I continue to progress through adulthood the subjects of my artwork continue to change and evolve. Through my experiences I have gathered techniques to incorporate in my artwork that are not based on a singular style or medium but a mixture of various mediums. The intention I wanted to convey through my artwork is to explore the idea of identity, adaptability, and the effects of trauma on a subject.
The concept that one can be removed from an environment but the conditions of that environment have already been woven and carved into their core identity. The circumstances in which we are placed have a significant impact on our identities. In an attempt to conform, to ease day-to-day interactions, there is an internal conflict within one’s self-awareness of cultural identity and self-image. These identities become blurred and distorted perceptions of who we are, where we come from, and how we should act are diluted and generalized within the communities we struggle to find a place to belong. Barriers of races, gender and language are created within this survival thought process. We begin to lose ourselves in the process of surviving resulting in the loss of language, and inability to communicate with one another but It is through these experiences that individuals can introspectively break from these cycles and heal from these traumas.