An original papier-mache mask of a bulldog.
Dimensions: 13” x 14”
Note: All pieces are currently in our gallery show Masks, up now through November 11, 2019. All pieces will ship after that date. If you have any questions, please email customer service [at] raredevice.net
My identity as a biracial woman of color has both enriched and muddled my self identity. As a result, during my formative years I created and wore masks to blend into the dominant ethnicity of my surroundings.
I grew up around two distinct cultures in my immediate family. My mom immigrated from the Philippines when she was twelve and my dad’s grandparents immigrated from Mexico in the 1920’s. While I was a part of both communities, I often feel torn between them while never fully feeling apart of either and being told that I was not “mexican enough” or “asian enough” at a young age elevated the tension.
I still do not fit completely into either binary racial category but my racial complexity is a strength. I am more then my racial makeup. I’m an artist, I’m a woman, I’m Filipino, I’m Mexican, I’m American, I’m a daughter, I’m a sister, I’m a wife, I’m a teacher, I’m constantly changing and I’m so much more.
Today, I no longer hide behind my masks out of fear of fitting in but instead use them to express myself and connect to and appreciate the diverse communities around me.