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Today we’d like to introduce you to Ana Mendoza.

Ana, we’d love to hear your story and how you got to where you are today both personally and as an artist.
Immigrants are such a huge topic, but that’s what I am. I, before the rest of family emigrated to the US from the tiny border town of Tecate when I was six. The immediate difference between the two was immense and the realization that I was no longer in the place where I felt comfortable was like a swift slap to the face. I remember being told by my amá that I would be going to the pools with my godparents, I didn’t understand why she handed me a small suitcase as tears rolled down her cheeks, I would only be gone for a couple of hours.

Little did I know that a couple of hours would turn into two weeks away from my parents, my big sister and my little brother. In those two weeks, I tried my first bite of pancakes (which I still love), played my first video game and even tried learning my first words of English. Art isn’t just aesthetics for me, it’s the way I first taught myself how to communicate from one language to another; noticing the differences and similarities and categorizing them for later use.

We’d love to hear more about your art. What do you do you do and why and what do you hope others will take away from your work?
I have always loved art, but as I’ve gotten older I’ve realized that I love it, even more, when I get to share it with others. Museums have always been in the forefront of my mind, the love and care they give to art and artifacts has given me and people like me the opportunity to not just view them, but feel the energy emanating from them.

Unfortunately, for a while, now these institutions have been stagnant in their approach to encourage the public to experience the works exhibited. I want to set the old ways ablaze and let the younger generation use their wits, technological approach and love for contemporary and classical art explore and find themselves in the works.

This world needs a facelift! we no longer have to be just one thing; I am a teacher, kickboxer, lover of the arts and a bilingual Mexican woman fighting the stigmas for women from my parents time. It is incredibly important to see others view, hear their stories and open ourselves up to feel the passion coming through their pieces.

Do you have any advice for other artists? Any lessons you wished you learned earlier?
I would say to just get out there, try other mediums and see what feels right to you as an artist. Who knows, you might just stumble into something you never thought of. Also, be informed about ways to present your art, it’s always helpful to go to a college and make friends with the art department personnel. They have a ton of experience and know the right people to contact.

Do you have any events or exhibitions coming up? Where would one go to see more of your work? How can people support you and your artwork?
I have been fortunate enough to work with children both with special needs and without. Thanks to this, I have gained a new appreciation for the development of art through children’s hands. I have been a part of the Miller Elementary Head Start Children’s Art Show for three years, and have felt so fulfilled by that experience that I can’t wait to do it again.

My passion lies in being a vehicle for exhibitions, I want to see the audiences face change as they analyze a piece of art or equate it to a memory. I’ve gotten my hands dirty with some, charcoal, pencil and acrylics, but I find it much more rewarding to put a space together for someone else.

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