Guggenheim/Dior Pre-Party

Dimensions Date
  19”x25”x3” 2020
Artist in the depth of Seasonal Affective Disorder, 1 event reservation to see Christine and the Queens at the Guggenheim Dior Pre-Party Concert, a 1-1 relationship between cocktail napkins and drinks consumed by the artist at the Dior pre-party, evaporated alcohol, chewing gum, masa migajon (in the form of cracked skin slab, thorns, and roasted kernels), drugstore makeup, complexion mirror, autumn leaves, hand-cut collage, wax, acrylic, pencil, and epoxy on wood panel.
Material list functions as primary description.


Migajon is a culturally significant craft and is often a resourceful skill utilized by matriarchs as a way to bridge the gap of family need with family income. It involves the creation of a clay body—usually a mixture of glue and day-old bread sourced from the rubbish of local bakeries. Once formed and dried, pieces (usually flowers) are often painted and assembled into domestic decorative pieces and sold at fairs of bazars; the money earned is often used to buy masa (cornmeal) for the family table. Here, the artist uses the tradition of migajon to create slabs, thorns, and roasted kernel shapes, and replaces day-old bread with masa and cornstarch (using the material often seen as the end result or  goal of the process) to further navigate the cultural, celebratory, and spiritual associations masa holds in both ancient and contemporary Mexican households.


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