Señora Trauma

Eilen Itzel Mena

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"I am an Afro-Dominican multimedia artist and community organizer from the South Bronx currently based in Los Angeles. I graduated from the University of Southern California in 2017, with a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts. My visual arts practice synthesizes Abstract Expressionism, Surrealism and African Diasporic spiritual frameworks through painting and performance work. In my social practice, I serve as a Co-Director and creative collaborator for Honey and Smoke, a global artist community and platform focused on creating space for artists to meditate on the important themes of our time through themed seasons. It is a conceptual project that explores these themes through new media and interactive digital content."

  • 2021
  • Signed
  • "My painting work explores the relationship between childhood and adulthood in order to bring forth healing and activation of purpose. Highlighting adult concepts with a childlike aesthetic, allows me to reimagine and challenge representations of trauma and emotional space. My compositions reflect dreams, emotions and spiritual experiences. The color combinations I use in my work are inspired by different African indigenous cultures. My visual language manifests through a lexicon of repeating shapes, figures, inversions and forms such as rainbows, swords, flowers, and smiley faces. Through semi-figurative and abstract imagery, I visualize real and imaginative spaces. Exploring the dream realm in my compositions, in particular, allows for the re-envisioning of reality and expansion of what is possible in our social and environmental interactions. "

Acrylic & Oil Sticks on Bristol Paper, 19" x 24"

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