Artist statement

By: Alison Folgar

When people look at me they see right through me. All these people have this dominant narrative written on me way before they even know my name.  A dominant narrative is something that a group of people believe is true about you before they have even met you.  I start off by introducing myself “ hi, my name is Alison”. This name gave me my assigned identity. And before you ask, no I am not White, I’m actually full on Guatemalan. These assigned identities impact me a lot in what I value and how my gender identity is shown. In my shadow box I have quotes all around the outside, defining my openness, quotes that describe me as a woman, and some more objects that just help me be positive. Inside my shadow box, I have a few pictures that just bring out the warm feeling of home, laughter and love. I show off how important Guatemala is for me because I show off the pila which is a big sink with 3 holes to do whatever you need to do . These are the counter narratives that I show in my shadow box. I show what I believe what I value. I show off who I am and who or what I identity as.

  1. Judith Hernandez 2 years ago

    Dear Alison,
    I learned a lot through looking at your shadow box and reading your artist statement. Something that stood out to me was the writing you included on the outside. I noticed that you included one of Rupi Kaur’s poem which was really cool because I love her poetry as well. Something I learned about you after reading your statement was how important being Guatemalan is to you. I can relate because the place I’m from is really important to me too. I hope to see more of your art because based on what you showed here, I believe you have a lot to say.

  2. Kayla 2 years ago

    Dear Alison,
    I really love how you put quotes on the outside of your box because it was very detailed and showed a lot about who you are. Somethings I saw in your shadow box and I didnt even know about you. Another thing I really loved was the baby pictures of you because you were so tiny and adorable.

  3. Julio 3 years ago

    Dear Alison,

    Thank you for sharing your work. My name is Julio and I am a student at Fremont High School.
    Something I liked about your work was ho you decided to explain how people see through you and how they judge you before they even know the real you.
    Something I have a question about is how hard was it for you to make this project. Please feel free to comment on my work in the future. The address of my student blog is .
    Thank You!

  4. Kevin 3 years ago

    Dear Alison,

    A lot of people do have prejudice within a person when they meet you, that’s how life works, due to our society being judgemental and in an area where it’s very diverse, people have certain stereotypes within a culture, would you agree that it’s because of the community we live in people have bias stereotypes? I’m asian but people assume I’m Chinese, but I’m actually Vietnamese, why do people assume from the outside rather than asking? The shadow box of your values is really important especially towards yourself, to value your culture is meaningful and shows how important you truly care about Guatemala and how it’s sentimental to you, what do you value the most in your culture specifically? Thanks for the post, it’s really interesting, I hope to read from your next future post, keep up the good work 😉

  5. Jian Wen 3 years ago

    Dear Ali-Son,

    I think it is very brave of you to share your story for the rest of the world to see. To share your story that might be impacting others. But I don’t think you should say All/Everyone are you saying everyone in the entire would would judge you when they meet you? I suggest saying majority, otherwise it would be like saying everyone is oppressing you. Are you reaffirmed of your identity by doing this project or did you already have a sense of who you were before the project? You talk a lot about counter narratives and dominant narratives, so how do you think you would be able to change that? Can you do anything to start change? I will be happily waiting for your response 🙂


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