LeahZarzour, News Editor
Maite Nazario (SR) presented her senior exhibition in the Hooch studio this past tuesday. Her theme, “The Metamorphosis of an Immigrant” focused on the controversy surrounding today’s political culture and societal stereotypes behind immigrants.
Nazario’s stylistic choices reflect the impact of this past year’s election, exploring how the election of President Trump has altered the way society sees immigrants in the United States, specifically Hispanic immigrants. The show consists of an interactive piece–a “cocoon” shaped artwork surrounded by flower petals and three paintings dedicated to the notion of “how natural and normal immigration is.” Guests were invited to sit inside the makeshift cocoon and read the handwritten letters hanging from the top. Covering half the wall, stood a projection screen playing a video created by Nazario. In the middle of the studio lay a more sensitive piece: some of Nazario’s friends got the chance to lie under a sewn American flag, with flower petals surrounding the body, evoking the sense a memorial.
Her interactive works were certainly impressive, but her paintings stole the show. Nazario’s distinct style of pushing the boundaries of what it means to be “stereotyped” or to be an immigrant in America is well known throughout the school by. The controversial ideas behind her paintings are what make her stand out. One of which resembled a baby with gang symbols written on her face provoking the idea that a people are labeled once they are born, susceptible to prejudice in society.
Despite controversial influences, Nazario expresses the importance behind multicultural backgrounds,”I represent my countries as a plurality, because I do not come from only one place. My being has not been shaped by only one place, or culture, or language.”