EMOTE by Citlali Torres • LIBERATION by Myia Brown
Dates: 08/10 - 08/30
Saturdays, 09:00am - 1:00pm
Sundays, 09:00am - 1:00pm
The screen prints are my favorite Kpop artists who have always inspired me. The female print I love because she gave off a Madonna feel and she is a strong confident woman who gives everything she’s got into everything that she does.
The paintings are efforts to try to find my own style. The girl hugging a bouquet of flowers is actually a self portrait on how I felt when I unexpectedly received flowers, which is something I’m still not used to receiving. I felt like I didn’t show much of a reaction so I had to make a painting on how I actually felt.
“I’ll tell you what freedom is to me. No fear.” – Nina Simone
Liberation for all, especially women, is a cornerstone in my ideology. I no longer hold myself back with the idea that something doesn’t make sense or I’m not allowed to do or feel something because it would propel me into the constructed alternative lifestyle of what is deemed inappropriate or unacceptable to the majority.
My work centers around the individual in relation to how they view themselves internally and are viewed externally. As I develop myself as a person, my work is maturing with me as I react to different experiences in my adult life. Whether it be a one-sided breakup and reading poems just to make my heart die that much harder or genuinely having the best day I’ve had in a very long time that I could cry. I decided to allow myself to finally feel in the extreme because that’s my innate nature. Fall for that wrong person, take the long route to work because you want to hear one particular song while walking through that one particular park that has dogs all the time. Life is literally too short to second guess your desires and intuition.
What type of existence is that? To die and (possibly) realize that you spent all of your energy dancing at the amusement of everyone around you or tiptoeing around your own damn self that you have not even discovered yet! To realize that you have allowed your mind and body to be used to live out the desires of those who don’t have the courage to do the things they are telling you, you should do. Total bullshit.
I aim for my work to explore the choice of the individual and the aftermath. This is why my compositions consists primarily of portraits. Most of my work is of words that label the subject. These labels are either given by outsiders or placed by the person themselves for various reasons. The choice is extended to the viewer of whether you would like to see the person as a whole or look closer and see just the words both positive and negative depending on your point of view. Do these words make up the person or can they escape the labels placed on them.
Citlali (or Tali) is a recent Saint Xavier Art & Design grad. Her artwork pulls heavily from dream states, emotional expressions, and the vibrant environments that exist beyond the horizon of our imagination. Her works are emotive, colorful and unique.
Myia graduated from Saint Xavier's Art & Design program in 2015, and now works at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her works are hypnotic, captivating, complex visions of inner struggle and the act of breaking free from the labels that bind us.