What was your experience like with TBW?
I found it very inspiring that by joining forces we created such a gorgeous book in such a short amount of time. Katelan is amazingly creative and industrious… and quite an inspiring leader!
What was the inspiration for your images?
I’ve been carrying these images somewhere in my mind for a long time. I think all of us see ourselves a certain way when we close our eyes. These are three distinct sides of me that aren’t so obvious to the outside world.
What did you learn about yourself from the experience?
As I took the self portraits I found an empowering sense of artistic freedom. TBW also taught me a few things about myself, about where I am in life and about my presence. Unexpectedly, one of the images caused a stir between my sister and myself. I see this stir as the archetypal side of TBW: I created an image that came from deep inside my psyche and this image created an external situation that gave me an opportunity to heal something that needed to be healed.
Do you feel you are in the same state of mind as when you started?
I am surprised at how TBW empowered me. I am a bit of a perfectionist. Most things I produce take a long time to be planned and created. For this project things came together effortlessly and that was very rewarding and refreshing. It made me see that an artistic project doesn’t necessarily take months to be completed.
What advice would you give to those wanting to take their own portraits?
Think of it as documenting who you are right now. Today. In this moment of your life. You can always take more portraits later. Don’t miss the opportunity of capturing who you are today. Play with makeup. Play with clothes. Above all, have fun doing it.
1. Location: NYC, born in Mexico
2. Sun Sign: Aquarius
3. Virtue: Love
4. Vice: Obsession
5. Secret Self Esteem Booster: sexy dresses, meditation, yoga, dance
6. What Inspires You: beautiful art, passionate art, authenticity, nature
Playlist (give 5-10 songs on your ipod)
Hoppipolla by Sigur Ros
Save You by Jetsetter
Black by Pearl Jam
Semaname by Mercan Dede
Clouds by Doveman
Intervention by Arcade Fire
Family Tree by TV on the Radio
Stop the Dams by Gorillaz
Hindue Blues by Kevin Johansen and The Nada