Flor Fabela

Flor Ariana Fabela is a current student at UTEP, currently pursuing a dual degree in BFA in Sculpture with a minor in Metals as well as a BS in Neuroscience (Psychology concentration). She has a great interest in science and art and the interdisciplinary study and implementation of both fields. Her upbringing in Mexico made her socially aware since a very young age, politics are explored extensively throughout her studies.

Themes that she is interested in includes gender roles, Chicano movement, domestic violence, abuse and addiction. It is through the study of Neuroscience that she hopes to understand not only her own mind, but also those around her. She firmly believes that there are parallels in art in science that can help humanity improve and heal. In these very challenging times, she hopes to bring awareness into social problems using the skills and knowledge she has gained in her art and science education, and in that way finding her own artistic voice.

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The Prison Runs Deep

Date of Creation: April 5, 2023

List of Materials: Copper, Brass, Human Hair, Bullet casings, Opal, Jasper

Dimensions: 1.5" x 13" x 4.5"

Photographer's Name: Flor Fabela

Other Contributors: Jessica Tolbert - Photographer Image in Neutral Background

Conceptual Statement: Like most woman with Mexican backgrounds, I experienced and witnessed patriarchal indoctrination firsthand, and being raised Catholic did not help and made things even worse. These experiences made it feel like they were trying to create this beautiful and comfortable prison where I could “thrive”. I learned how to properly take care of a house and be a “woman”, but I was never quite what was expected of me. Despite my rebellion, phrases such as “education, what for?”, “just take care of your house and family, the rest leave it to your husband”, or “shut up and be obedient” still linger in a place deep inside of me. This prison runs deep for women all around the Earth fighting a battle that sometimes seems to be going backwards. In a hundred years, I hope this piece can be viewed as a reminder of a past when women were considered inferior, and that hopefully, it is no longer the norm.

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