Sonya Marie Sky is an emerging artist born in the US-Mexico border town of Laredo, Texas. Raised in a household that upheld traditional machismo ideologies, her work is reaction and exploration of the social and domestic Mexican and American cultural constructs that surrounded her. Sky received her Bachelor of Arts in Art from Texas A&M International University in the Fall of 2013 and has exhibited works throughout Texas. She is currently a Master of Fine Arts candidate at the University of Texas at San Antonio and is expected to graduate in the Spring of 2020.
I address generational societal and cultural expectations through drawing, textile, and performance. Inspired by previous and contemporary generations of feminisms, I create work that is about having control over one’s body while simultaneously repressing outdated cultural and societal standards. To show vulnerability is in it itself a form of power in how a woman can control how her body is dressed and used. Questioning gender biased standards has been a lifelong dialogue that ultimately formed who I am. As I have been repressed, I in turn suppress generational societal and cultural expectations that should not dictate the future of Latinas. Through the use of feminine materials and subject matter I create work that is about owning who you are while fighting outdated machismo constructs.
Photography, Works on paper, Drawing, Video, Performance