Skins 2: Overlap – Pilar Aguero-Esparza



Acrylic on stretched leather, nails, on wood panel

Artist Statement
My inquiry begins with the materials and processes specific to growing up in a shoemaking family. In the craft tradition of huarache–making (Mexican indigenous sandals), repetitive gestures such as the weaving of leather, the hammering of nails, and the painting of finishing details inform my current practice. The physical presence and signifying potential of these materials and gestures inspire me to analyze how objects are made, question who makes them and the physical or social conditions involved in their making. In representing ideas of othering and conditions of otherness, I call attention to marginalized cultural and aesthetic experiences to validate them and acknowledge their power.
While my chosen color palette is contrived as “neutral” I convey hierarchical power dynamics represented in the chromatic gamut of beige, brown, and black. I want the viewer to see my works as “racialized abstractions” and consider social dynamics and colorism within our culture.

Additional information

Dimensions16 × 2.5 × 16.5 in

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