Continuing our series of artist talks, SPIEL presents Marcia X.
Marcia X was born and raised in Chicago IL to immigrant parents in 1985. Inspired by her early travels to the Caribbean and US history and politics, she predominantly works in themes relating to the experience of the Diaspora, history, feminism, politics and socioeconomic issues. As a multidisciplinary artist, her mediums vary from print to installation, and currently is exploring minimalist abstract painting. She has her BA in Fine Art and is furthering her studies to attain an MA in Political, Social and International Theory. She lives and works in the Diaspora.
‘A society is what it remembers, we are what we remember, I am what I remember; the self is a trick of memory.’-Albert Wendt
The self is a trick of memory” Artist Marcia X’s sense of self was developed in a modernist society. A society that can only succeed if their cultural identity is actively a false consciousness. When it comes to understanding the racialized self in Western Modern society, it is important to understand that those from the Caribbean and the rest of LatinAmerica are a peoples whose history has been robbed, erased and rewritten. They are a people who have not been able to identify ourselves for others, especially when they are children growing up in the Diaspora. For as Latinxs they are not a part of one race, they are people who have a similar inherited cultural identity.