Absolutely Chicana. 2009.

Limited Edition Serigraph


Second image: “Vanity Table” by Judy Baca. Las Chicanas: Venas de la Mujer, Sept. 1976. Courtesy of Women’s Building Image Archive at Otis College of Art and Design Library.

Limited Edition serigraph created for Self-Help Graphics Maestro Atelier Series. Absolutely Chicana is a work about identity constructed to face a hostile environment for women and for Chicana’s in the 1950’s. It is derived from a photograph taken of Judy Baca in 1973 by Donna Deith for what was the first exclusively “Chicana” show in Los Angeles called ‘Las Venas de la Mujer’. The image of Judy Baca as the ‘Pachuca’ was created as part of a performance in which she transformed herself into the Pachuca via a mirror on the vanity table. Behind the mirror was the Chican Triptych called the ‘Tres Marias’ now part of the Smithsonian Latino Treasures Collection. The image seems relevant again in the current climate of Chicana/o identity ambivalence.