Pilar Agüero-Esparza

To investigate issues of culture, race, labor and domesticity, I employ a range of mediums including drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. I work with materials that dictate a certain process of investigation and of which I am connected to in specific ways – materials such as scraps of my daughter’s homework assignments from first grade or heaps of leather lace from my father’s shoe shop. The characteristics, physical presence and signifying potential of materials such as these – the materiality of objects – inspires me to analyze how things are made, consider who makes them, and examine the physical or social conditions that are involved. Through this process, I create works that question the inequities of race, gender and class to engage viewers in specific cultural and gender experiences. In representing these experiences in my works, I acknowledge their value and power.