I have been working on my #BODEGAFLOWER zine for quite a few months now. It's been one of those projects I feel too passionate about so I usually go through an entire life altering thought process before I continue working on it. Which is probably why I have been very private about it, but fuck that now. I am ready to put it out in the world, y'all. I'll be putting up my visuals from the zine throughout well, whenever I think its ready to print.
Bodega Flower is a zine about self exploration and embracing my roots. I have never been so in touch with my family, past and myself until I started creating this zine. My experience as a 1st gen Salvi - American is a really surreal story the more I think about it. I explore social and economic struggles I watched growing up in both countries. This visual series is named Dollar Mami. Anyone who knows me knows I adore 99 cents stores. Actually, If it wasn't for the 99 cents store, the bettys would have barely survived, I mean, where else am I going to cop props with the 2 dollars I have left from my daily commute? It is important to understand the commodity that is the 99 cent store and how it plays an extremely important role in urban and immigrant communities as the cost of living grows. All the contents in the these collages are all from 99 cents store. I dug deep into dozens of dusty aisles to find props that embrace a ultra femme aesthetic full of shades of pinks and "girly things".
These 3 pieces will be showing at venusfest this saturday. Come by and say Hi and see them up and close!
Bodega Flower: Dollar Mami Series
For the #BETTYICON Zine I made mini shrines of all our selected Icon's. I wanted to make shrines solely of either my own resources or the 99 cent store. I grew up in a home where shrines are all about the thought you put into them, not in terms of value but of dedication. Can't afford fresh flowers? 99 cent store plastic flowers will do. Candles? always, ALWAYS, every single day. There are various ways to worship something or someone, but one thing that it never disperses from is the concept of luxuries. Gold, diamonds and money have been gifts given to saints and Gods of all religions from around the world since the beginning of civilization. All shrines represent a different icon in terms of aesthetic and style without losing the base values of what a shrine can be. They are considered "mini" because they only take an area of 8x10 inches. The possibilities for an actual shrine of these women are just absolutely endless. These women are all completely different from each other and have broken multiple barriers. It was a lot of fun to interpret their strength as women in this project and we can't wait for you to see it! Besides the zine, which will be an edition of 25 and only 25 ever, I will be making 3 prints of each mini shrine. They will be numbered and signed. You can grab a print at our betty social, this Saturday, at alt space brooklyn. Facebook Invite HERE.
Here are the rest of the shrines: