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STATEMENT

Enriquez’s work references her Mexican-American culture and intercultural identity. She uses portraits of androgynous, but timeless faces as a means of creating self-awareness and to encourage observers to be present in their surroundings by confronting artwork face to face. The faces are inspired by traditional Roman Catholic portraiture, American pop art, and vintage Mexican folk art. Being exposed to Catholicism at a young age, the artwork displayed in churches and the decor of religious relatives, gave Enriquez the impression that the faces in the religious paintings were used as an icon for the human identity, not individuality. The colors, scale, and hair styles play with the idea of the human identity icon she saw in Catholic paintings, but challenges the gender binary, age, and origin.

Enriquez incorporates Spanish, English and Spanglish terms and expressions within her work as a reflection of both her own heterogeneous identity and that of the wider Mexican-American community. The typography references her stream of consciousness of childhood memories and phrases she learned within her family.  In addition to the faces and text, she weaves bold elements - such as paisleys and other icons - into fluid-like compositions that create the illusion of movement in her practice. Her goal when she paints is to cover and embellish as much surface area as possible. This is a conscious action of visually and physically making in impact in a space by expressing the mentality of learning how to take up room and using art as a voice to share her story.