THIS IS HOW THEY KEEP

SEPTEMBER 6 - OCTOBER 27, 2018 Pain Sugar Gallery, Riverside, CA


​“Their strength is secret. They send ferocious roots beneath the ground. They grow up and they grow down and grab the earth between their hairy toes and bite the sky with violent teeth and never quit their anger. This is how they keep.” (Sandra Cisneros, The House on Mango Street, 1984)

​They grow up and they grow down and grab the earth between their hairy toes and bite the sky with violent teeth and never quit their anger.

In dialogue with this quote, this exhibition seeks to explore the places in which some womxn may not inherently belong or feel a sense of belonging. Yet despite this sense of difference and alienation there is a resistance and persistence that fuels growth and prosperity. Similar to a tree with roots that grow deep in a city of concrete, we present the work of womxn artists who stand firm in their power and voice despite the strains and pains of the society that engulfs them.

Artists include: Mr. Baby (CA), Rosatzin Barrera (CA), Fernanda Fierro (MX), Sarah Fox (TX), Hilda Fuentes (CA), Ness Ilene Garza (CA), M3AT aka Lorena Guerra (WA), Natalia Monsivais (CA), Tina Naif (CA), Kimberly Robertson (CA), Janette Ruiz (AZ), Delilah Salgado (IL), Dana Scruggs (NY), Maggie Tello Case (CA), Maritza Torres (CA), Sydney Vargas (CA), Kristin Winters (CA),  Green Corn Collective (CA) and featuring zines by: Los Angeles Queer Resistance as well as Sarah Gail Armstrong and Roxy Morataya

This exhibition is co-curated by the Los Angeles based artist, Maritza Torres, and the Southern Califas based art historian and curator, Marissa Del Toro.

Maritza Torres is best known for her graphic style artwork and portrayal of the empowered woman. Her work translates the emotions of longing for an unknown past into visual art. Merging the different layers of identity that have created her reality is the main focus of her current work. She is currently based out of Los Angeles and just closed her second sola show at Espacio 1839 in Boyle Heights.

Marissa Del Toro graduated with an MA in Art History from the University of Texas at San Antonio, with an overall focus on the modern and contemporary art of Latin American, Latinx, and US artists. Her current research involves the artistic representation and framework of Latinx identity through zine production. In early September Del Toro will begin working at the Phoenix Art Museum as the new DAMLI Curatorial Fellow.