Liliflor Ramirez, Cihuatlzin Mujer Guerrera, Acrylic on canvas, 12” x 120”, 2017
What is your approach to artmaking?
My strength lies in my bold approach in integrating Nahuatl cosmology aesthetic experimentation. I bring my indigenous roots to bear in my work and seek to dignify the everyday people of Los Angeles. My artwork weaves various subjects such as spiritual, urban environments, women, children, indigenous cosmology and culture together. Aesthetically, my work reproduces familiar visual symbols and iconography which I use to create compositions of multilayered visuals and storytelling. My themes are combinations of ideas inspired by the communities I serve as an artist, muralist and educator. I prefer lively color schemes to bind the iconography with the subject matter and composition.
What is your preferred art medium?
I use many different mediums, aerosol, acrylics, sharpie ink, and pastels. I believe that working in a single medium is restrictive to my artistic process. Each idea manifests in its own individual style. People ask me whats your style? I say I'm an expressionist. I paint, draw, use various mixed media, I do altar and art installations, I love to use found objects and up cycle materials, I'm crafty with sewing, I design and make jewelry, as well as make costumes or regalia. I also perform, write, sing and like making funny memes and videos.
What is your inspiration?
I enjoy gardening, indigenous healing modalities creating healing spaces for women of color, reading, writing, living with the moon cycles and spending time with family. In my spare time I love hiking and biking. Many of my pieces are directly influenced by nature. I am interested in learning nahuatl cosmology. My work reflects indigenous iconography and contemporary images.