Anonymous asked: I am sure you get this all the time... but how does it feel to be so incredibly amazing!? Your art, your beauty, your story, your journey through it all - the list goes on and the story will never end and I am lucky, honored and privileged to know you and call you friend. Maria, keep aiming for the moon - you already swim amongst the stars! XOXO - E.D.S.
Wow, I wish you weren’t anon so that I could give you a real “thank you” for all your kind words. Only lately have I been able to really open myself up to life….it’s been a very slow process, but I’m trying to embrace it all. Everyone has a unique story and if I knew who you were I’d give you a big hug.
My favorite shots from Laura’s birthday night. Had a great time with my friends, Indian food and karaoke at one of our local spots. Bohemian Rhapsody galore!
This is Jakob Hostetter. He is an amazing artist from New York City and a very good friend of mine. He recently made a very beautiful quick sketch of me which is to the right of his portrait the day after my birthday, I hope I get to keep it.
Here is a link to some of his work:http://www.flickr.com/photos/openeverysense
Hurricane Sandy’s Aftermath does not keep my family from trick or treating on Halloween.
Images from the final performance of “Couturemonials” by Ladyk Fever and Mary A. Valverde. This collaboration explores and illuminates the idea of the domestic violence survivor.
The event took place on October 7th, 2012 as part of the Art in Odd Places festival and I was lucky enough to have met these amazing women. Not only are they artists, but they are moms and we have much in common.
I look forward to collaborating with them and exploring how much further we can take this.
"Stigma, there is always a stigma."
a new approach to my “look at me” project. No darkroom, no photoshop, or real cameras were used for this one.
Yesterday I had the amazing opportunity of documenting the dress rehearsal for “Couturemonials” a piece by Lady K Fever and Mary Valverde. Below you’ll find more information about the event. The actual full piece will happen in October as part of Art in Odd Places 2012.
Bronx Council on the Arts & Art in Odd Places
The Bronx as MODEL
NEW PERFORMANCE ART
The Bronx Children’s Museum was at the Hunts Point Fish Parade, on Saturday June 16th 2012.
After we marched, we made bugs out of paper mache and had the kids go into the “River on the Go!” Bus.
"Hi Mommy" Spring break, 2012.
The Telephone Project, 2012.
Inspired by three things:
1. Needing to look and hold my photos.
2. “Sidewalls”- Thank you John Paul.
3. Conversations with Federico Denali.
My daughter’s first photogram. Constantine didn’t want to make one, he wanted to make something with color. He’s definitely more of a builder and painter and Arielle is really into collaging and other crafty materials.
I am very happy that they are so different from each other, it inspires me to try new things and encourage their individual interests. This is the perfect age to involve them in even more in my art world, especially now that my college career is pretty much done.
My frecks, my sun-kissed bruises, behind my spots I hide.
My mini-badges in the fight for a better life.
The map to my body.
"A Power Tool" by the Guerilla Girls.