I am interested in representing the experience of what it means to take up space in a racialized body. There is a constant negotiation of one's existence as a multifaceted identity. As a cis-woman who is often only seen for my Latinx descent but also identifies as white, socially I will never be seen as the visibility of a white body. My painted ambiguous figures interact with subconscious representations of contemporary surreal imagery. I merge the personal and depictions of memory to explore the cultural duality of the physical and inner worlds. By reappropriating art historical references to the formality of the female body while coinciding with personal lived experiences of the female gaze, a psychoanalytically charged subjectivity is created that allows safety in the body. Paradoxically, we shape ourselves into fixed identities to be accepted and recognized in a larger socially identifiable collective whole, but is it necessary to see who one is. I attempt to move away from socially recognizable bodies as a way to decode and challenge social constructions of identity and to expand the female bodily form in more infinite ways.

Andrea Castillo born and currently living in Los Angeles, California, received her MFA from Lesley University College of Art and Design in 2014. Her work has been shown at Charlie James Gallery (Los Angeles, CA) Seasons LA (Los Angeles, CA) Plaza de la Raza (Los Angeles, CA) the CCCM, Mexican Center for Culture and Cinematic Arts (Los Angeles,CA), Hote Gallery (Los Angeles,CA), SOMArts (San Fransisco,CA), Richmond Art Center (Richmond,CA), Flux Factory (Brooklyn, NY), Queens Museum (Queens, NY), Slide Room Gallery (Vancouver, BC), Bemis Art Center (Omaha,NE), and Vandernoot Gallery (Cambridge, MA). She has been the recipient artist in residence for Vermont Studio Center (Johnson,VT), Grand Central Art Center (collaborative) (Santa Ana,CA), Signal Fire (Portland, OR), Virginia Center for the Creative Arts (Amherst, VA) with artist grant. Publications including her work are ArtMaze Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, YoungSpace and Voyage LA Magazine.