After taking time to reflect on my experiences through this pandemic, I felt that something we could all relate to were the high and lows of emotions felt throughout this difficult time. As we all had to isolate, we found new avenues of comfort like books, TV shows, games, hobbies, and I personally found it in music. I listened to music from my youth and remembered better times to help me get through these harder ones. In this work, the text refers to different emotions I've felt through out this year and which also frequently are repeated in the music which have helped me through it. I also find joy through color and used bright, vivid textiles as the base for these emotions to lay on.
Vanessa Argueta is an interdisciplinary artist originally from Miami, FL and currently based in Kansas City, MO. Her work explores translation, transformation, personal memories and the creation of fragmentary states of being through the reverence of shapes and colors found in Mola textiles made by the Kuna women native to Guna Yala, Panama. Her process involves searching for and using found and discarded fabrics, deconstructing them and then reassembling them into new compositions using quilting and sewing techniques. The materials she uses have rich, vivid colors and bold graphic prints reminiscent of the Mola textiles which also consist of acquired commercial fabrics. In addition to sewing, her practice involves transferring her handmade works into digital programs where she further alters and reassembles them. This process of transferring and translating different mediums onto one another obscures the materials' original forms. She also uses this way of making to preserve, convey and explore her experience as a first generation American whose origins that throughout time have and will continue to become less clear.