The Art of Tamale Making – Brandy González


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Statement from Brandy González:

My work provides an under-represented perspective by showcasing Hispanic culture in various forms. A large part of my practice delves into the idea of tradition through the representation of traditional foods, like tamales and pan de polvo. These recipes have been handed down for generations and are some of the last ties to the motherland. 

Aside from using my favorite foods, I also incorporate traditionally Hispanic imagery and language to make socio-political statements. From stolen lands and family separation at the border to the current COVID-19 pandemic affecting people of color at much higher rates, I seek to address the through line of white supremacy.

One of my favorite sayings is a Mexican proverb which states, “They tried to bury us, they did not know we were seeds.” This adage provokes a feeling of resilience, survival, and strength. My work draws on this strength of the Hispanic imagination, touching on a visual culture that is integral to American art. With the use of bold imagery and saturated colors, I seek to advance the value and representation of Chicanas within the mainstream narrative of American art.

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Dimensions15 × 19 in

SKU: B-González-The Art of Categories: ,

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