Maricón and Joto ornaments

Sophia Sanchez

Sophia Sanchez, Maricón and Joto ornaments (Honorable Mention)


Artist Statement: My artwork is communication, shedding light on the existence of queer trans Latiné/Chicano individuals who face undesired attention and repercussions due to their sexual, gender, and ethnic identities. I am reshaping power dynamics surrounding non-white queer and trans individuals through adornment. With size and embellishment, I capture attention that can empower or endanger the wearer, reflecting the real-life dangers faced by those at the intersections of these identities.

My form acts as a shield, concealing the cheeks, mouth, and chin. Yet, the size and placement of the artwork draw attention, invites confrontation. Adorned with symbolism, text, and personal motifs; my pieces convey narratives encompassing machismo, homophobia, Chicano culture, and queer representation. The texts I incorporate are intentionally provocative, with some symbols decipherable only by a specific demographic. Regardless of code recognition, these crafted ornaments boldly declare the wearer’s identity.

Materials: Copper brass and silver

Dimensions: 5x 36 x 3.5 inches, 1.2 x 3.5 x 1 inches

Educational Institution: Texas Tech university

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