Wendi Ruth Valladares
Wendi Ruth Valladares
Wendi Ruth Valladares is an artist from the Lone Star State of Texas. She earned a Master of Fine Arts in Print Media from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas and a Bachelor of Arts inPrintmaking from the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas.
Wendi has shown her work in various solo and group exhibitions throughout the United States and in Canada.
Presently, Wendi Ruth resides close to her family in Dallas, Texas and she is an instructor of art at Cedar Valley College in Lancaster, Texas.
Valladares’ art practice aims to recall, question, and redefine how dual cultural identity can reveal individual and social similarities and differences, that enhance our understanding of ourselves and others.
My printmaking explores the nature of Mexican-American linguistic mestisaje—specifically a Chicano Spanish colloquially known as Spanglish. Spanglish, a hybrid of Español with American English that appears in various forms (Tex-Mex, Espanglish, Chicano Spanish, Pachuco, etc.) throughout the United States and is growing ever more recognized. Spanglish culture emerges from Chicanos growing up in the United States identifying between two cultures, Anglo American culture and Mexican culture, yet totally belonging to neither.
I use nostalgic objects and domestic spaces (e.g. toys, interior, exterior domestic spaces, picture frames, etc.) from my childhood to connect to the Spanglish culture I grew up in. Raised in a bilingual home of Mexican-Spanish and American-English speakers, language and culture crossed over to the point where Spanglish-ness was inevitable. Duality of identities plays a strong role in my work as I come from a dominant mestizo bloodline of Mexican and Tex-Mex Chicano family.
Considering this lineage, I reference the Aztec indigenous Mexican history alongside the Mestizo Chicano present. Overall, I focus on the line of the in-between. I speak to both personal and collective identity in my work, to the English and Spanish speaker. The significance of cultural identity—physically and conceptually—are important themes throughout my work.
Drawing from personal life history and experiences of the new and the familiar, the lost and the found, allows me to better engage with the person across from me and vice versa. We communicate in a multitude of ways, and language both visual and spoken is essential in connecting to and understanding the world in which we live.
Texans vs. Tejanos
Wall de Memorias
La Historia de mi Gente