“A seated, naked senorita with a sugar skull mask looks down at the viewer as a halo composed of cempasuchil flowers, pearls, and teeth floats above her head like an aura. She holds a glass of milky liquid. By wearing a pearl necklace, she attempts to play the part of a high class ‘senorita,’ or lady. Yet, her naked body is exposed to the viewer’s gaze and criticism. While she does hold an arrogant and confronting posture, her blank eyes rid her of any power she could have if she only stared right back at the viewer. By using Dia de los Muertos imagery, I make reference to Jose Guadalupe Posada’s ‘La Catrina’ figure, which served as a parody of upper-middle class values. Likewise, I attempt to create a satirical image of a female nude that parodies social norms that dictate what it means to be feminine.” – Paloma Mayorga
Paloma Mayorga earned her BA in Studio Art with a minor in Art History at Southwestern University. She renounces Western beauty and lifestyle norms through her artwork to ultimately discover a universal truth and beauty amongst all living things.