I was invited to participate in the National Museum of Mexican Art's Day of the Dead exhibit titled Veliz, which will open in September of this year. The Veliz concept answers the question, "What would you take with you when you die?" I have begun to prepare a small suitcase, which will answer this question . . .
I just completed another website exclusively for my poetry and vignettes. To see it, please go to:
Sexual abuse can happen across all ages, but molestation is strictly limited to younger children. Because a child’s penis or vagina is too small for physical penetration, molestation occurs when the child is "forced to perform oral sex, touched in an inappropriate manner, and/or made to watch the adult masturbate. Sexual abuse happens over a longer period of time and involves actual physical penetration, in addition to everything that is included in molestation.
The above quote is from: http://www.kidslivesafe.com/child-safety/sexual-molestation-vs-sexual-abuse
A few years ago, I came across a video on the internet about a Peruvian girl by the name of Lina Medina who gave birth at the age of 5 years, 7 months, and 21 days. The focus of that particular documentary was about the pregnancy, her age and the medical condition called "precocious puberty", which enabled the pregnancy at such a young age.
So, this was a case of sexual abuse and yet, there was absolutely NO discussion about the abuse or the man who abused Lina and finally impregnated her. She was a child of 4 years of age, still playing with dolls, and had no idea what was being done to her. How can a 4 year old even begin to wrap her mind around such a thing? Why, as a society, were we more consumed by the oddity of the age of the pregnancy rather than being outraged and disgusted by the action of the male who perpetrated such a violation on a child?
This was in 1939 and yet, this abuse continues; children are still being neglected and sexually abused and molested.
Here's the harsh reality and hopefully, food for thought and ultimately, a call to action:
For a very informative PDF, Child Sexual Abuse Statistics, go to Darkness to Light at:
The above abstract was written by Dr. Bowskill and obtained from the below link.
I am elated that the article, Bearing Witness to Child Abuse and Trauma in Pilar Acevedo's Multimedia Fragmentos Exhibition, is now available online with the Bulletin of Spanish Visual Studies.
The following is from Dr. Sarah Bowskill's webiste: https://sarahbowskill.net/multimedia-women
Multimedia Women and Digital Cultural Studies
Some time ago, I wrote several vignettes about my family's migration north from Mexico City to Kankakee, Illinois—of all places. I have begun a series of paintings inspired by these stories. I created collages for each vignette and then larger scale paintings. In the case of Fig Tree Girl, I created a small oil painting as well, which is shown below.
I am honored to have been invited to participate in the Society for Latin American Studies (SLAS) Annual Conference, March 22-23, 2018, at the University of Southampton's Winchester campus. where a number of Latin American female artists will be discussing their work and their creative process. Because I am unable to attend, I will be sending this video in my place.
I took this video in LA’s MoMA as I stood on the steps leading to the lower level—the man walking, then pausing when he saw me, was not planned. The piece, "I Will Not Make Any More Boring Art", was created by John Baldessari in 1971.