What form does a manifesto take when the artist began in the digital world and is now exploring the physical terrain of textures and decay?
Working with materiality changed the way I saw the digital world and the way I thought about glitch aesthetic. During the creation process I explored a variety of topics including appropriation, decay/glitch, alternative realities, lucid dreaming, and living contradictions. My Manifesto came to life as I began to research and curate content from popular films, philosophers, and poets in order to reinterpret the content through my new way of seeing design.
One of the core sources of inspiration came from the Xicana poet and activist Gloria Anzaldúa. I realized that what I found most impactful from Gloria’s poetry and social analysis is her ruthless passion for dismantling strict categories of identities by stating that “identities are not a fixed state of being: it is fluid and ever changing.” She was among the first to defend freedom of expression within the Latino community, specifically, the type of freedom that is often compromised through social conformity and cultural expectations. Her most popular and well-known work covers issues that transcend identities by living in the very “borderlands” that often define and limit us. I began to apply Anzaldúa's conceptual approach towards my own interests of dreams/reality. Inspired by Anzaldúa, I began to question the very foundation of design by exploring the limitations of legibility.