Andres Delgado

Andres is a Mexican American artist from El Paso, Texas. They are currently a student at the University of Texas at El Paso and are expected to graduate in the spring of 2024 with a double concentration in Studio Drawing and Metals. Their artistic practice often involves themes revolving around the body, both externally and internally. They believe that the human form can offer a shared experience that easily transfers their concepts to the viewer. Thoughtfully dismantling and contorting the nature of the human form and shaping it into abstracted organic motifs, they aim to create a familiarity between their works and the viewer’s experiences.

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Dysphoric Mask

Date of Creation: March 25, 2023

List of Materials: Copper, Fabric, Thread, Basswood, Onyx, Amethyst, Steel Piercing

Photographer's Name: Skylar Boone

Conceptual Statement: Grappling with identity and concepts of the self is quickly beginning to be better understood and considered in our modern culture. This endeavor is neither easy nor straightforward, however. Only exacerbated by recent legislation that seeks to vilify and outlaw the freedom of our identity, this path of self-identity becomes a harsh one to traverse. Through this mask, I pursue to demonstrate the personal struggles and self-doubt I have faced in understanding myself and my own gender identity. It specifically navigates a small part of my path as I identify and battle to reconcile the reality of my skin and body and the idealized version of myself. In this way, the mask becomes a mash between my face and what I wished it looked like. This dysphoria often leads to feeling like an impostor in my skin, overwhelming anxiety, and self-doubt that can sometimes create self-destructive behaviors. Inscriptions scattered throughout portions of the mask reflect these feelings of invalidation.

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