Dovey Martinez Artist Statement: 

I want to depict my mother in her labor in order to share our story as well as to serve as representational pieces to other immigrant families. I use gold paint over the face and bodies of the people I paint as a metaphor for their high value to second generation immigrant children, but also to America. Immigrants are selfless. Immigrants are strong and resilient and work to help their own families but also are constantly seeking to build community. It is not my intent to create art to elevate myself, but rather to share the beauty and value of my Honduran and Latinx community. Every painting depicts someone I know on a personal level. The imagery is gathered from my travels to Honduras, to the callejones in Los Angeles, and my neighborhood in Seattle. I am painting my mom, my grandma, myself, but also the parents of my friends and others I with whom I have been raised. The color choices are bright and vibrant to represent the color palette of traditional Honduran paintings. I am excited to share with others the resilience and beauty of those in my community with viewers who may not have experienced this otherwise.

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Artwork by Dovey Martinez

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