I'm a visual artist, with a writing practice - I make work about people, beside behind on top against alongside people. The germ of a new project develops in response to tension and language; I am first-generation Dominican-American, I look at cultural and relational, familial and societal dissonance through an auto/biographical lens.
In drawing writing collecting, I am an aspiring pop-sociologist, bookmaker, and thinker in-series and disparate connections. My questions find form in collaborative book projects, in drawing and sound installation of stigma and paranoia, in a visual essay on reproductive terror that I may never share with my family. These works lean against Shame and its siblings, Guilt and Judgment in order to grapple with what being a body really means: a body in a tension of relations, in all its complications and excitements, a body performing history.
After two years of graduate school, and year one of living outside of an educational institution, I feel like I’m narrowing down on what I want my practice to be, but I have a lot of ideas. There are themes that have been consistent, basically since I was eight years old: emphasis on intimacy, relationality, identity, transience, language, and translation. I feel like I’m only beginning to explore how my racial and cultural identity shape my view and my work, but it feels like the right time to explore it. As first-generation, as Dominican-American, as girl/woman, as a veteran’s child who grew up on army bases, as a perceptive human, I think I have something to contribute to the discourses of identity politics, reproductive rights, and others.
tikva (tēk-və) :
Tikva is Hebrew for hope, but she is not Jewish;
Her parents are Dominican;
She grew up in no place in particular, stateside and Germany, in a vaguely itinerant fashion, from military installation to military installation.
Tikva thinks this has influenced her emphasis on the instability of identity, the slipperiness of communication, and the intricacies of what it means to be “I” in a “we” that keeps changing.