'I See Red', Oil on Canvas, Mixed Media, 36 x 56 inches, Photo by Image Group, Bourbonnais, IL
I am honored that "I See Red" is in the private collection of the National Museum of Mexican Art. As the only Latino museum in the United States accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, I know that it will be cared for and shared with a larger audience, and it will give my work perpetuity. Not to mention, the piece will be available for loans to other museums. So this is all really quite wonderful! I would like to tell you about I See Red—how it evolved and became what it is today. This piece first began as a series of small doll still lifes, then later explored in large scale on a wood panel. Regardless of the scale or surface, the doll was always sitting naked with legs outstretched from side to side, but years later while sketching the same doll still life, I decided to take the piece in a different direction. It was during the process of sketching, re-sketching, and painting the subject matter that the narrative emerged—the doll became child-like, and red high heels were added to symbolize her sexualization. The detached gaze was exaggerated to illustrate that it was her only way of escaping since she could not run in high heels. Her arms and hands were eliminated to represent her inability to protect herself against the sexual predator. Text was added to the soles of her shoes—the right contains the word "huir" (escape) and its definition. On the the left sole, the word "huir" was conjugated using the pronoun "ella" (she).
Detail of Right Shoe, Photo Courtesy of Staci Rybacek