Quotidian Patterns

Quotidian Patterns was visually inspired by the XVIII century patterns printed on fabrics and wallpaper known as “Toiles de Jouy”, which is still present in our day. The use of this kind of patterns serves as a metaphor of the ordinary situation feminicide has become in Mexico, with statistics such as: 7 women killed daily from 2013 to 2015, and in 2017 an average of 8 women and girls were murdered, according to INEGI (Instituto Nacional de Estadística y Geografía) [National Institute of Statistics and Geography].

The artwork references the violent behavioral patterns against women and the impunity that perpetuates them, in a cloth that has no beginning or end. The images represent 9 cases of girls murdered from 2011 to 2017, aged between 11 and 18 years-old, which where printed over and over along the white fabric. With the printed patterns I try to represent the thousands of women and girls murdered each year, while the blank part symbolizes the continuity of cases that are being added each day.  

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