“Matriarch” by Yadira Cazares
El Comalito Collective
302 Georgia St, Vallejo, California 94590
Matriarch is a series born out of the desire to express Womanhood in all its realms.
I want to make images that reflect the power women posses and govern by.
In this series I would like to explore how woman endure and prevail in a society that is Patriarchal. Many anthropologist believe true Matriarchal societies never existed and could not exist. Currently, there are no known truly Matriarchal societies even though there are at least 3 known self identifying Matriarchal Societies in the world. Some sociologists go as far as to believe that it is pure feminist fantasy.
I was born into a Matriarchal structure at least 3 generations old. And although it seems that this matriarchal structure is reactionary to absentee fathers, it is also a lot to do to with the 9 to 1 ratio of women born into my family. It is this reality that is also a root to flower I have yet to see bloom.
As a brown queer woman I am underrepresented and find it necessary to create visual narrative that also upholds my beliefs, my life, personal and emotional.
So this series is only a beginning to a question? that I do not have an answer to ? and to which I am treating as a purely visual journey.
About the artist, Yadira Cazares
Yadira Cazares is a painter, born in Eagle Pass, Texas. Her mediums include oil painting, linocut printmaking and various other mixed mediums. She is also the proud founder and owner of Galeria Beso Maya in Fruitvale/Dimond District, Oakland, California.
“My work is inspired by the concept of Identity and utilized as a springboard for personal narrative. Often my work delves into the kaleidoscope of culture, societal norms and gender. I practice art-making because I believe that self-expression heals and has transformative value beyond the souls eye. To this sense I feel I am mostly a storyteller, mirroring the practices of Native American story-telling, of passing on knowledge and healing remedies. Art is an integral piece to the fabric of society and a powerful tool for community building.”