As muxeres, we are taught to feel guilty for indulgence. Savory foods, sweet desserts, self love, even physical pleasure can be seen as taboo when we navigate the world as brown womxn. “Dulceria” explores how foods culturally connect ethnically indigenous people and create a familiar camaraderie among us. Muxeres adorned with sweet desserts and posed playfully among Mexican candies invite us into a dreamy world of exuberant self agency. Shifting the focus from guilt to extravagance lets the viewer know that we are allowed to indulge in anything that makes us feel good.
About the artist, Crystal Galindo
Crystal Galindo was born to Martin and Carmen Galindo in Visalia California in 1983. She was raised in Exeter California in a house her parents helped build along with other members of their neighborhood.
Watching her father draw tattoo style sketches, Crystal decided at the age of three that she wanted to be an artist. Her first drawings were in coloring books and the blank pages of bedtime stories shared among her three siblings. Determined to perfect her skill, she spent countless hours filling lined notebooks with her studies of figures, ranging from close-ups of faces to cholo style portraits.
Crystal remained self-taught until 2004, when she enrolled in drawing fundamentals and beginning painting at College of the Sequoias. She quickly became recognized for her bright, “confrontational” self-portraits and celebration of her culture. While still in undergrad at Sonoma State University her portraits traveled the state in various group exhibitions and galleries.
Crystal received her Bachelors of Fine Arts from Sonoma State University double majoring in painting and Xicanx studies in 2013.