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Frontier Fellowship: Blanca Villalobos
May 1 - May 31
Blanca Villalobos, Artist (Beaumont, CA)
A proud, queer daughter of immigrants, Blanca S. Villalobos holds ancestral connections in Jalisco, MX, home to the Wixarika people, and was raised on Cahuilla & Serrano territory in the San Gorgonio Pass of Southern California. A lover of deserts and mountains, she spent the majority of her twenties in the Pacific Northwest organizing cultural happenings with and for communities of color while simultaneously developing her performance practice. She now lives in the same home and on the same land that raised her, teaching young people and community members alike how to care for the land they live, play and pray on. This return has centered themes of ‘home’, intergenerational trauma & its counterpart resilience among others.
Villalobos’ art practice is often informed by dreams, memories & relationships; of course these topics are also the center of her community offerings related to Mexican traditional medicine for communities of color. Currently, she is running a DIY artist residency from her home in the Pass area where her research has taken a non traditional methodology: rest, pleasure & play. After three years of hustling with a full time job and artist collective Villalobos has made it her goal to slow down and return home to herself.
What about Green River & the Frontier Fellowship excites you most?
What I am looking forward to the most at Green River and as a Frontier Fellow is the opportunity to take part in an equitable housing project by and for residents. I love meeting new people, learning about their passions and being able to witness their resiliency. My hope is to center joy and knowledge sharing while in communion in such a beautiful landscape. As for my art, I am excited to shift my practice so that I may create from a place of joy rather than from trauma. This is not to negate or dismiss my own journey in healing, on the contrary I look forward to cultivating moments of bliss.