Mesa College is home to an intriguing art gallery, a place where professional artists display their work and students get to participate in the process. Upon chatting with the Art Director, an interesting woman named Alessandra Moctezuma, I learned that a student had actually proposed the idea for “Domestic Disobedience”. The student, who will indubitably make an excellent museum curator one day, did the research and even drove as far as San Francisco to pick up pieces for the exhibition. The result? An eye-opening collection of art from female artists who are redefining the feminine space.
This thought-provoking group exhibition features the works of 11 artists, spanning over several generations: Juana Alicia, Claudia Alvarez, Carolyn Castano, Ana Teresa Fernandez, Ester Hernandez, Amalia Mesa-Bains, Delilah Montoya, Angelica Muro, Viviana Paredes, Isis Rodriguez & Sonia Romero.
Above: Sonia Romero, Eyes Wide Open: papercut & acrylic on paper.
Above: Claudia Alvarez, Girl With Knife (Universal Prayer Series): ceramic
As I perused through the inspiring works of these Latina artists, I though about how all women supremely struggle with the concept of balancing personal aspirations and domestic duties. Struggling to fulfill cultural expectations while following our own dreams and desires is a fine-tuned dance that all women must partake in and perfect for themselves. The artwork displayed in this exhibition perfectly catches the struggle & displays it beautifully in a post-modern medium.
Above: Juana Alica, Domestic Disturbance: acrylic on canvas
Above: Angelica Muro, Untitled 3 (Packing Heat Series): pigment print
Above: Ana Teresa Fernandez, Untitled (Performance Documentation): oil
San Diego Mesa College Art Gallery is located at 7250 Mesa College Drive, within building D101. Note that they will be closed for Spring Break next week, but are other wise open Mon-Wed from 11am to 4pm and Thurs from 11am to 8pm. For further information on this exhibit, click here for the gallery website.