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Lupita Guerrero is a multidisciplinary artist who navigates conceptual themes in traditional mediums such as painting, drawing, print, and textiles. She is majoring in Fine Arts with a minor in Honours Sociology.  Her practice focuses on the narratives and challenges faced by immigrants within her own family as a form of personal understanding. Using self-reflection, she explores identity through a diasporic lens and aims to bridge a generational gap between herself and her parents. Lupita uses her own perspective to investigate both domestic and workplace environments in relation to cultural privilege. Her work ultimately serves as a societal intervention of racial minorities and their experiences.

Artist Statement

Dialogue between immigrant parents and their children can take on various forms, from sage advice based on experience, to a complete disconnect in understanding. As newer generations grow older and embrace Western values, it becomes increasingly challenging to bridge the gap between members of the family. The feelings involved with the cyclical nature of identity, career, and marriage conversations become all too familiar as they often remain unfinished. It transforms into a lingering frustration that hangs in the air, creating weight and tension. I find that my perceptions of traditional values and culture have begun to collide with those of my parents as some of our interpretations grow apart.

The installation Far from finished is an intervention of strained relationships due to the divide in conventional attitudes. It aims to contextualize the continuous effort of having to clarify one’s point wherein the other responds with confusion, generating stress. My statement on the left, “That’s not what I mean.” is one that I repeatedly use at home when speaking with family, often due to language barriers or because the concept is not one they were exposed to. On the right, “¿Entonces que es?” translates to “Then what is it?” as a means to emphasize how these discussions are not one-sided and met with apprehension. The process of crocheting each letter by hand lent itself to the notion of tedious, repetitiveness that is also present in these dialogues. Each stitch presented new difficulties, much like relationships, as I continue to explore labour through a familial lens.