I believe that everyone possesses the ability to create. Unfortunately, womyn are often not encouraged to express themselves through art. Our ideas are dismissed, our passions are put on hold, and our artistic education is not seen as a priority. These social barriers are precisely what inspire me to create, because regardless of these stigmas, I see womyn everyday who find ways to create and hustle their work. It’s not easy declaring oneself an artist, but if we are to be respected in the same way as the canon of white men artists, we must continue to respect our own ideas enough to put them out there.
Maribel Falcón is a xicana from West Tejas. She holds a BA in Sociology and Latin American studies from the University of Texas at Austin. She is a founding member of Cósmica, a feminist art collective that strives to unite and support womyn artists and professionals from alternative, under-represented, and diverse backgrounds. She works to support cultural movements that will push political movements and believes that everyone has the right to autonomy.
Part 2 of her interview will be up on April 15th