I am a New York/Connecticut based artist, raised in The Bronx. I received my BFA 11′ and MFA 14′ from the City University of New York at Lehman College. My digital photography portraits focuses on my personal life experiences inspired from a fictional imagined vantage point. For instance, making the invisible visible, and transcending time by playing with memories/images from my past and present to come to a conclusion about how my future will look. Kindred Spirit, Perpetual Binary and Lucid Dreaming are three series focusing on my experience of the recent loss of my identical twin sister, Emely Gómez, who passed away five years ago. As an identical twin, I am able to use my own image to represent both my sister and myself.
With this special gift of forever having the image of my sister within my face, I am able to recreate new memories both with and without her and capture it on film. My artworks relate to intuitive thought, emptiness and cognitive awareness: the feeling that time has stopped, or of an alternate dream-like universe. Other aspects of my work have a ghostly blur, symbolic of my former spirit and future spiritual essence. My ghostly image series, explores my interest in space and people’s relationship to space, feelings of blankness and being frozen in time after Emely passed away.
The idea of a self-portrait to some may seem as simple as looking in the mirror. But, as a twin, a self-portrait is not just a portrait of one person-it is of two people. Now I look for Emely in shadows, dreams, photos, memories. In my search for my twin, I have realized that I am beginning to find myself. And, while this new self does not have a twin sister physically present, it is none-the-less as uniquely beautiful as it always was. While reinventing my identity was not something I had welcomed-I could not run from it. By exploring my inner self I have come to the conclusion that my other half is always with me. I see her every day in my own face, and with this gift of being a twin, I am able to have others see her forever in my work with the use of my image. It is this idea that drives my passion as a creator. My connection to Emely has enabled me to use photography as a portal through which I occasionally rekindle a moment in time with her and continue making new ones.
My artworks was recently exhibited at the Maritime Garage Gallery in South Norwalk, CT, Riverfront Art Gallery in Yonkers, Center for Fine Arts Photography in Fort Collins, Colorado and a solo show with Chashama 461 Gallery & Studio in Harlem, As well as, Bronx Art Space and The Gateway Project in Newark, New Jersey, Penn Station. I have curated group exhibitions at the Living Gallery in Brooklyn and St. Paul the Apostle, Upper West Side, NY. My story and artworks were broadcasted at NY1 Noticias, News12 and written by Hartford Courant, Scene Magazine, El Diario Newspaper and Harlem News Group.