H O N O R T H Y M O T H E R
In my early twenties my pious “old fashion" Hispanic parents divorced. Years later they confessed their most devoted accomplishment was “sparing us the unpleasantries associated with step-parents.” Yet almost immediately my mother began a relationship with a man nine years her junior while my father courted many women. Baffled, I witnessed my strict marital ethics unravel through the adults that enforced them, and seamlessly integrated into what is referred as “the modern family.” Using props, make-up, minimal post-production to alter my bone structure, eyes and skin color, I produce these satirical and humorous self-portraits to explore the “modern family” concept, focusing on the gamut of the contemporary mother as fashioned in reality television shows, parental related magazines, and personal circle of friends.
Today, the diversity of family structures are confirmed by descriptive statistics that summarize 50% percent of marriages will end in divorce; two million adopted children live in the United States -alone; interracial unions remain legal since 1967; and currenlty adding to the layers of family narratives, is the legalization of same sex marriages. These figures support the evolution of the mothern matriarchs and separates them from the bias gender-infected history previously defined by men. In the 21st century, mothers derive from biological roots, adoptions, same sex unions, foster custodians, or all the above. And due to new age media, feminist movements, and plastic surgery these women live longer, appear younger, and remarry multiple times -as in my case. Currently, I have custody of my three children. The two eldest are from a broken engagement and share the third with my current husband, who has full custody of his son from a previous relationship. As the evolution to a progressive family dynamic ensued, it revolutionized societal doctrines that enforced what mothers should look like and instead beckoned she reinvent herself unconventionally and with disregard to social aprepos.