Maria de Los Angelas' dresses are made from paper and painted with scenes that relate to her identity as an undocumented immigrant and recipient of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), a woman of multiple cultures, an activist, and an artist.
The dresses are intended to look on the surface European, but invoke in their imagery the history of colonialism. Maria and volunteers from the library will wear the dresses at the exhibit opening, mingling and engaging in conversation with attendees. As something straddling the line between painting, installation and performance, the social dimension of the clothing and presence of the artist is intended to open up conversation and receptivity that otherwise might be closed.
Maria de los Angeles is a New York City based artist, from Mexico. When she was eleven, Maria and her family immigrated to the United States deeply affecting and shaping her perspective on the world, her self-identity and artistic focus. Maria’s work focuses on issues of migration, displacement, identity and otherness. She received her MFA in painting and printmaking from Yale University School of Art (2015), a BFA in painting from Pratt institute (2013), and an associate’s degree in painting from Santa Rosa Junior College. Maria has been recognize for the work she has done creating arts programs for youth, receiving the Community Action Partnership’s award, and the Blair Dickinson Memorial Prize, awarded for her artwork and role in her community.
[From the artist's Artist in Residency page at El Museo Del Barrio]