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visual artist and writer marisol diaz

i am a self-defined Nuyorican creative (that is a Puerto Rican who is from both the isles of Manhattan, NYC and the Caribbean). I share daily in the joy of education and live in a cute port town in New York, in a 'teensy-weensy' apartment with my two dogs and canary named Valentino. Check out my Etsy shop for purchasable pieces. Please do not reproduce imagery off of this site without explicit credit and no derivatives may be made of my original imagery- Thank You.

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Stained Bedroom Sheets


The ReCuentos Exhibit in San Antonio, Texas has come to a close and the work has returned home to me. I can't tell you how bizarre, yet intimate this body of work is to me since it was very experimental. I allowed myself the freedom to work in an unorthodoz manner, dripping and marking white sheets with stains with which to form imagery out of. I played with the literal and metaphorical meaning of life leaving stains, both in phyisical places as well as on our hearts.

In addition, this body of paintings is deeply representative of a connection I made with another artist, Nova Gutierrez. After viewing her paintings inspired by the tragically abbreviated life of her aunt Lisa, I responded with my stained bedsheets series. Lisa was killed by her husband 30 years ago and the scars of that crime run passionately and deep in Nova's family and life. Lisa's life has not been in vein and Nova responds to the beacon of educating young women on the perils of domestic violence and the relationship patterns and signs to be watchful over. Needless to say, I answer a similar calling in championing self-esteem in young women and being a column of support for survivors of CSA (Child Sexual Abuse). Nova's paintings made references to the elements: Fire, Earth, Air & Water. I inturned responded with my bedsheets stains in the same elemental vein.


To see all the pieces I made for this exhibit click on ReCuentos in my portfolios.

The sheets are now back home representing the extraordinary power of not only living to me, but of thriving as well.Let me know what you think of the work!

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I am very proud and amazed by your work for this show...it is so much more loose and free, but also intimate and inherently powerful. Keep on gettin on!
p.s. beat ya again Stephanie!

March 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterstain boy

i love love love this body of work.it is really amazing
p.s. you win this time "stain boy" but just wait!

March 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commentersteph

Inspiring work amarettogirl! I am very interested in the concept of staining, leaving a trace, marking. I think your work makes a beautiful stain, it subverts the whole idea of the stain as the dirty, the thing to hide. What a great visit this was, thanks.

March 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBeatriz

i am in love with the sitting woman that looks "tattooed".. that is so me.. so pondering.. so tainted and yet introspective... i love it.. and i would love to use it as poetic inspiration some time if that would be ok with yo... please contact me and let me know what you think of the idea....

March 10, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterpaisley

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