Sortilegio 1

Sortilegio I, 2022, the embedded text made of soil from her 2018 journey, describes her experience as an undocumented immigrant, conveying the immense weight, both physical and psychological, that is felt on one’s body and soul. It goes on to describe the ancestral strength that helps the artist push herself forward, working through the physical, political, and spiritual hurdles that she has encountered through her lived experience

Materials: soil acquired during the performance Huellas que Germinan in 2018,  cal hidratada (hydrated lime), corn masa (dough), salt, rain, screws, plywood, and gypsum board.

72”x96”                                                                                                                                         

Photos by Ian Byers-Gamber

MI PULSO NARRA LA ADRENALINA DE UN INCENDIO 

                            QUE CON AGUA NO SE APAGA

      SALUDO AL PRESENTE EN DONDE LAS HUELLAS 

                     DEL PASADO                               GERMINAN

     MIENTRAS MIS PIES SE LIVERAN DE SUS ZAPATOS 

ES AQUI COMO MIS HUELLAS TRAZAN EL VIAJE 

ES AQUI DONDE MIS PIERNAS SE VULEVEN 

           MAS FUERTES AL GOLPEAR      EL SUELO  

ES AQUI DONDE MIS BRAZOS APRENDEN A BALANCEAR 

                               EL PESO DE MI CUERPO                   ES AQUI 

              DONDE MI FUERZA LA OXIGENAN 

                                                MIS ABUELOS Y MI MADRE  

MY PULSE NARRATES THE ADRENALINE OF A FIRE 

                             WHICH DOES NOT TURN OFF WITH WATER 

I GREET THE PRESENT WHERE MY FOOTPRINTS 

                            FROM THE PAST GERMINATE  

   WHILE MY FEET ARE FREED FROM THEIR SHOES 

THIS IS HOW MY FOOT PRINTS TRACE THE JOURNEY 

THIS IS WHERE MY LEGS BECOME 

              STRONGER WHEN THEY HIT THE GROUND 

THIS IS WHERE MY ARMS LEARN TO BALANCE 

                            THE WEIGHT OF MY BODY IS HERE

               WHERE MY STRENGTH IS OXYGENATE

                                   BY MY ANCESTORS AND MY MOTHER