Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli

(b. 1944)
Broken Dreams, 2008
Mixed media on cardboard, 6 7/8 x 7 ¾
Gift of Benjamin Ortiz & Victor Torchia, Jr.  2012.1.9

Originally from Mexico City, Yolanda Vasquez Petrocelli now makes her home in Bridgeport where she organizes community projects. In her studio, Vasquez uses the self-portrait as a vehicle to explore her memories and deconstruct her past, providing the viewer with images that are both otherworldly and familiar.

Vasquez Petrocelli works in a variety of media and scale. A photograph of the artist is at the center of this small work made dreamlike with its encaustic glaze. Her hands are held, palm forward; the word esperanza (hope) is repeated three times. This is one of a group of works addressing hope and peace about which the artist says: “My works are inspired by a rich culture of colors where I live and ethical laws of my mestiza heritage of protecting the land, its people, and the political of chaos we live now. I attempt to give the viewer paz, esperanza solidaridad.”