Bibiana Suarez (b. Mayagüez, Puerto Rico) is currently a Professor of Art in the Department of Art, Media and Design at DePaul University (Chicago). Suárez was born and raised in Puerto Rico, but has resided in Chicago since 1980. She has a BFA (1984) and an MFA (1989) in painting and drawing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has exhibited in the United States as well as in Puerto Rico and Mexico. She works on mixed media painting and drawing installations that address the convergence between race, culture, and identity politics. Her most recent solo exhibition Memoria (Memory) took place at the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago (2011-2012).
Bibiana Suarez • ¡Cuidado, que si te barro los pies te quedas jamona! (Careful, if I sweep your feet, you will become a spinster!), Linocut, 2016
My image illustrates a superstition rooted in my childhood memories while growing up in Puerto Rico. My mother and my grandmother both used to playfully chase my sister and I with their broom while sweeping the house warning us that if they were to sweep our feet, we will never marry. As products of a male chauvinistic culture, my sister and I would run away in fear that the superstition would become a reality in the future. Now in retrospect, Mami and Mamá were simply trying to get us out of their way with the teasing!
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