The Ode to Warhol series was inspired by Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans with a spin on Latinx grocery store items. Within the latinx community we provide our own foods and products that are specially needed for cooking that can only be found in neighborhoods that are predominately Latino. Growing up my mother and I would go daily to the grocery store to pick up fresh food to cook for an entire family, typically Goya Products. In this project I wanted to glorify the significance these products have on my life and the life of many Latinos within the kitchen. I began this series as these products were trophies on the kitchen shelves reminding me of homemade food and culture.
Invasive and abstracted I capture everyday items running through metal detectors. Rather its protection or surveillance we openly take everything out of our pockets and empty them for others to see. Openly and unarmed we give into surveillance rather good or bad we are protected. I started this series as a way to visually see how openness to surveillance.
An institutional critique responding to the surrounding environment of Chicago surveillance.
Who is behind the camera? Chicago has added 500 security cameras since 2011, and now has a "federated system" of 25,000 cameras citywide. For every one private camera linked with the system, there are 70 public cameras. These systems have grown considerably in recent years. As of 2014 Chicago is now known to be the most surveilled city within the United States. Can the idea of security be more important than privacy in Chicago?
January 1st, through December 31st 2013, Jazmin conducted a 365-day surveillance photo project where she devised a ritual of seeking out public surveillance cameras on a daily basis and photographing a different watchful eye every day for a year. The act of photographing the cameras is an act of addressing the voyeur, and temporarily removing its power. Some of the cameras are in plain sight and some are strategically hidden, but all of them are semi-spherical, sleek, menacing machines that seem to potentially violate as much as they protect.
After completing The Birds Eye Project in 2013 I committed to narrowing down the photos, selecting one photo that best represents each month of the year. With new technology, came new surveillance and new ways of responding to it through artistic media. Through this art project I just want to inform and alert the public to this new technology we are now facing in the post 9/11 era rather it’s good or bad, we as a people need to be more aware of this security over freedom. One photograph for each month will be represented and edition as photogravures. The edition will be out of 12 to correspond to each month of the year.
Mixed media Paintings, one of my first loves.
Abstraction of the heart, mind, and soul I fill up the canvas with writings, feelings, and past time.
Nothing is said but everything is given while I use materials of markings to occupy all negative spaces on the canvas.
Veladora is an ongoing series that began while working on the Ode to Warhol borrowing iconography images from the Latino spiritual household and capturing the importance on something that is sacred to an individual and creating repetition and pattern within a given image.
As I begin to take performance into a more personal direction I feel the need to create performances that are directional and can be done at any place, time or with any person. I’ve come to create a blog @cafecondua dedicated to quotes, poems, phrases, thoughts, and directional performances.
Life and Death come together as one not being able to have one without the other. This is an ongoing series of people who have once been a part of the paper now leaving a piece of them behind rather through death or relationships ending we all have a beginning and end but what happens in the in-between is what stays behind.
This is still an idea of a performance that I am prepping but I enjoy exploring the idea of gold and the importance we put on it while dismissing the labor and lives we have to get through to get it.