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at the de Young Museum Open! Saturday, October 10, 2020 through January 3, 2021

I am thrilled to be included in the “salon-style” de Young Museum Open! Saturday, October 10, 2020 through January 3, 2021. Timed-ticket reservations need to be made in advance.

To celebrate it’s 125th anniversary, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco is hosting The de Young Open, a juried community art exhibition. It welcomed over 10,000 submissions by artists who live in the nine Bay Area counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, and Sonoma. The open call entries were curated by a jury led by Burgard and Ednah Root, curator in charge of American art, which included artist judges Hung Liu, Mildred Howard and Enrique Chagoya.

My painting speaks to the stories of working mothers-domestic workers, often immigrants. Invisible and champions of survival against what often appears to be relentless toil, mothers are undervalued and never genuinely appreciated. They sacrifice their well-being, needs, and dreams. They convey pride and cultural richness despite systemic and pervasive gender and race inequalities. Persevering against all the odds, meeting every challenge without question, already living in poverty, they do not complain. They always fear losing their jobs. Women are in the lowest-paid work, often without benefits, usually in the most insecure and precarious work forms. And, women do at least twice as much unpaid care work.

My objective is to pay homage to the working mother and portray the positive aspects of the quiet beauty and pride in their hearts in hopes of a better future for their children. You are invited to look in, within, and without judgment.


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