Sólo Mujeres is in its 27th year at the Mission Cultural Center. This year the theme is the layout of a house. Curator Susana Aragón contacted me after looking at my old site and seeing the Undocumented series. Since all of the painting from this group were completed outdoors in Richmond and San Pablo, the paintings went to the “patio” section of the show. The series was first shown at the San Pablo Gallery in 2011, amidst some controversy due to the city’s practice of using eminent domain to develop some of the properties depicted in the series. For the Sólo Mujeres show, The series statement reads:
These paintings are part of a series on Latino neighborhoods and were completed outdoors in Richmond. My presence as an outdoor painter (and as a Latina) attracted quite a bit of curiosity from the people living and working nearby. I was given water bottles, pupusas and tacos. men walked out of the barbershop, teenagers out of the fast food joints, and children stopped their bikes to take a look and ask questions. The adults wanted to know what I was seeing in their neighborhood, the motive behind the paintings. The children wanted to know how much I would charge. Women asked me if I was not afraid to be alone. But I was not alone the entire time I was working. I was in the “patio,” speaking with the neighbors.