ART GALLERY > Paper Doll Series (Cucas)

"Niña de Chiapas"
Mixed Media: Vandykes printed on veneer, cyanotypes printed on cheese cloth. Paper, thread, old positive paper photograph, worry doll. Machine sewing and hand stitching.
17.5 x 10 x 2.75
1998
"Innocence"
Mixed Media: Handmade paper, reeds, fabric, found metals, metallic thread. Knitted wire, Polaroid transfer, machine stitching, hand embroidery.
10 1/8 x 11 1/2 x 2 3/4
2001
"Tide"
Mixed Media:Serigraphy in the background, Cyanotypes and Vandykes printed on paper, veneer, crochet, a milagro (charm), silk thread. Sewing machine embroidery, hand sewing and stitching.
10 6/8 x 16 x 2.75
2001
"Untitled # III"
Mixed Media: Images printed on tea bags using Vandykes and also on veneer and paper utilizing Cyanotypes. Found bark tree, buttons. Hand sewing and stitching.
9.5 x 12 x 2.75 in.
2000
"Untitled # IV"
Mixed Media: Paper and veneer printed with Vandykes, crocheted skirt, lace paper, color-xerox copy of an old photograph. Hand stitching and sewing.
12 x 8 x 2.75
2000
"Untitled # V"
Mixed Media: Handmade paper, color xerox-copy of an old photo-graph, thread, reeds, a milagro (charm). Sewing machine and hand embroidery, hand stitching.
15 x 10 x 2.75
1998
"For my little Andrea: May you never feel trapped"
Mixed Media:Drawings by my daughter Andrea and her left foot-print transferred to a plate and etched. Sewing machine and hand embroidery, stitching. Color xerox-copy of an old photograph, red willow, wire, thread and a milagro (charm).
10.5 x 15 x 2.75
1999
"Behind what is seen"
Mixed Media: Paper, book pages, silk thread, wire, color xerox-copy of an old photograph. Vandyke printing, machine sewing and hand stitching.
17.5 x 12 x 2.75
1998
Tissue paper, crochet samples, Cuban cigarette wrappings, color xerox-copy of an old photograph, thread. Hand embroidery and stitching.
Mixed Media: Tissue paper, crochet samples, Cuban cigarette wrappings, color xerox-copy of an old photograph. Hand sewing and stitching.
9.5 x 12 x 2.75
"Three Hearts"
Mixed Media: Handmade paper, cloth, crochet, inherited objects from my maternal grandmother, natural hair, silk thread, ribbon. Hand sewing, stitching and embroidery
10.5 x 12 x 2.75
2001
"Untitled I"
Mixed Media: Mexican bark paper, veneer, thread, milagros. Hand stitching, machine embroidery. Cyanotypes on veneer and paper.
21 x 10 1/8 x 2.75
1998
"Burka"
Mixed Media: Handmade papers, photographs, acetate film printed on with arab writing, stained tea bag.Thread. Hand sewing and stitching.
9 3/8 x 15 2/8 x 2.75
2000
Mixed Media assemblage
Mixed Media: Paper, bark from a coconut tree, a milagro (charm), a white moth, piece of a decorative ceramic tile, thread and wire. Cyanotypes and Vandykes printed on paper, sewing machine embroidery, hand stitching, and embossing.
11 2/8 x17 x 2.75
1999
"La Virgen del Choclo"
Mixed Media: Vandykes (brown printing) and Cyanotypes (blue printing) on paper. Thread, waxed linen, milagros (charms). Embroidery, machine sewing and hand stitching.
13 x 13 x 2.75
1998
"Take a Closer Look"
Mixed Media: Handmade paper, wire mesh, color xerox-copy of an old photograph, positive image on film, laced beads, lace and beads. Hand sewing and stitching.
9.5 x 12 x 2.75
2001
"Little Princess"
Mixed Media: Handmade paper, old woodcut prints, milagros (charms), knitted wire, color photograph, silk thread. Sewing, embroidery.
8 7/8 x 9 1/8 x 2.75
2001
"If I only had Wings"
Mixed Media: Paper, thread, copy of an old photograph, page of an old book, a milagro (charm). Woodcuts, machine embroidery, sewing and hand stitching.
12 x 16.5 x 2.75
2001
"Rhythms"
Mixed Media: Lithography, wood type,
12 x 15.5 x 2.75
2004
Mixed Media, soft sculpture
Mixed Media: Cyanotypes and Vandykes printed on paper and veneer, handmade paper, Polaroid transfers on empty tea bags and paper, found objects, silk and cotton thread. Sewing machine and hand embroidery,stitching.
12 x 15.5 x 2.75
2001

When I was a little girl, I used to play with paper dolls (those one dimensional paper figures one dresses up with different styles of paper outfits and accessories).
A couple of years ago, I came across my old bag of paper dolls. I was gathering mementos in Ecuador where I grew up, to bring them to my home in the United States.
At the time I was working with fabrics and artist’s books and I have already developed some pieces such as genealogical quilts and particularly three-dimensional skirts. It therefore occurred to me that I could draw upon the paper dolls to develop a new artistic genre of my own. One that would allow me both to draw upon untapped family and ethnic memories, and complex and controversial contemporary gender issues.
The term Cuca in the Andean region is an ideologically loaded term, it signifies paper doll (in Quito) where I grew up, and it signifies vagina in the Caribbean region of Colombia, a region that would eventually come to have a significant influence in my life.
I keep only blurred recollections of my childhood. Of that period I only keep old photographs of myself. Through flashbacks prompted by sites of my old Cucas and photographs, I have sought to reconstruct those blurred childhood memories which I have refashioned in the light of my present experiences.
I have printed old photographs (mine included but not exclusively) onto surfaces, such as papers (tea bags, cigarette wrappings, pages from old books, etc) veneer, tree bark etc.
Photographs and different fibers are the building blocks upon which I have refashioned my past and therefore upon which I have built my Cucas.
I have also employed weavings and stitches. Sewing is also firmly associated with personal memories, particularly with my grandmother and all those woman who brought me up.
My works are aesthetic reflections on how gender has shaped and still shapes my life. I seek to work out the origins of my many identities: as a mother, a woman, an artist, a daughter, a teacher, a friend.