These prints have a story. They are three of twenty-four pieces that will be traveling from school to school, here in Utah, until 2021. When I was asked to be a part of this project, I had to search in me for what I wanted to ask youth or ask my younger self, a lot of folks don't know this but Utah's leading cause of death in minors is suicide.
I decided to make these pieces centered on the resilience and beauty of youth of color. How beautiful we are and always have been. I used spray paint, watercolors, and markers cuz I wanted them to feel a bit like a collage, a bit like a pop up book. They all have little bits of me, missing teeth, wide eyes, curly hair, facial hair, and a love for cactus. As myself a survivor of so many things, I wanted them to also send a message: I am still here, I deseve happiness, I am powerful.
I hope this exhibit helps youth look at themselves in powerful ways. I hope it reminds them of their potential. I hope it makes them excited for the future. Thank you @colectivanopalera
for this amazing opportunity, what a blessing it is to be trusted with this work. Prints of the originals will be available soon ❤
For more information about this exhibition visit: https://heritage.utah.gov/arts-and-museums/nopalera