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SHERISSE ALVAREZ

My work carries itself through me in a sense. It is deeply internal; I am as much the mouth and the hands as it is. Many times, I feel that my pictures are my body; that the only voice and bones I could give myself live in my art. I hesitate to call it creativity. This seems to me a word that describes choice. The choice to create in my mind. And while on a physical level, I make a choice to write a poem or develop a photograph, my work feels very much involuntary. Audre Lorde said it well when she wrote, "Poetry is not a luxury."

These images deal with a particular time in my life. They address issues such as body image, invisibility and intimacy. I perceive my work as language that strives to become autonomous. It dually belongs to no one and to many because all our thoughts and actions are rooted in our history, personal as well as collective. As a latina queer female I try to consciously work within the physical as well as the spiritual attempting to find balance.

Sherisse is currently working at Hetrick-Martin Institute in New York doing peer education and outreach.


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Sherisse Alvarez 'Cracked Looking,' 1997 Photograph

"Cracked Looking,"
1997

  Sherisse Alvarez, Self

"Self-Portrait in the Mirror,"
1997

 
Sherisse Alvarez, Light

"You Remind Me of Light,"
1997




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