“I come from a family of Mexican-American women who have worked for generations to leave their family with more than they had,” says Cristina Martinez (@sew_trill),
a Black and Mexican-American contemporary artist whose bright and beautiful depictions of women of color are inspired by her own family.
“My mother, grandma ‘Nana’ and great-grandmother are Mexican-American women whose perseverance and strength are constant themes in my art, which focuses on the ever-evolving cycle of growth and blooming amidst diversity.”
, we’re celebrating Latinx voices that represent the beauty and power of their culture. Read Cristina’s letter to the women in her family below and check out our story to see her art in full bloom.
“To the Family Roots/My Support System, Mom, Grandma 'Nana' and Great-Grandma: Individually and collectively, you possess a fierce ambition to not only survive but thrive. As the roots of our family tree and Mexican-American women, you have harnessed an unshakeable vision and invisible yet tangible strength to grant your family with more opportunities than you were afforded. Single mothers raising children on their own is no easy feat. Nana, you in particular, after the passing of your mother when you were only 7 to working in the fields as a young girl to later raising six children on your own — this independent nature motivates me on a daily basis to carry on our family name and legacy to inspire not only my children, of Black and Mexican roots, but the many Black and brown children around the world who will need watering for the many years of blooming ahead of them. When I struggle with daily tasks or when inner growth seems just out of reach, I recall each of your individual and collective struggles. You give me the clarity and focus to know my own strength even in my darkest moments. It is the memories and stories of Great-Grandma and the fight in you, Nana and Mom, that I pour onto my canvas each and every day, collectively telling the enduring and evolving story of perseverance, independence and growth.” —@sew_trill
Collage by @valheria123