My Portfolio is an offering of cyclical time [non-linear] shared as a story-map with no borders where lines make connections [not separations] and all forms of artistic expression interact with one other [non-categorical]. Renderings of all sorts; photography, paintings, performance, writing, installation art, sculpture, textile all find their home here on this page interfacing my inner and outer worlds.
thank you for visiting and spending time here, Laila.
El tiempo no es linear
El fantasma siempre llama a la memoria y juntas abren portales sin obedecer las leyes escritas por los hombres
Caminando mano en mano, lanzan sus ojos con hilos hacia el otro lado Se visten de espejos que encontraron en la cueva subterranea donde se conocieron
Reflejando Luz a cada esquina donde el movimiento se detiene
Y asi es como el fantasma y la memoria hacen que todo lo que es pequeño y tierno viva y crezca, suavizando angulos limitantes y redondeando el tiempo [OTRA VEZ].
My gramma gave me a pair of scissors and pointed to the black plastic garbage bags full of the “throw-aways” that the rich lady whose house she cleaned would give her. I angrily refused. Then, my auntie took her own life and I couldn’t stop cutting. The plastic bags empty-the give-away curtains, the give-away table covers, the give-away oversized dresses and blouses all cut up into little pieces of tactile color scattered all over the floor in the living room. Later I found the thread and the needle, realized I could put it all [back] together, but differently…the way I want(ed) it. My story.
Laila Guadalupe Espinoza is a visual and performance artist and scholar. Her work spans across the art practices of garment design, painting, photography, installation of altars and performance of contemporary ceremony and ritual as well as writing. She grew up in Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, México and the U.S/Border during the beginning phases of the maquiladora industry expansion and the feminicidio. Through her work, Laila seeks to talk about/write about/make art about, study and teach about the every day life experience of the U.S/Mexico Border and the intimately cultural, historical and political relationship between Indigenous America and Black people, Mestizaje, gendered violence, labor, contemporary colonialism, the body and the land.