Map of an Identity
Map of an Identity was a new search for Maritza Dávila, one that adds to her perennial question about her origins as well as serving as an excuse to make her childhood in Puerto Rico present again. A time full of diverse knowledge, rituals and magic.
A series of silk aquatint composed by the superposition and combination of words and iconography of her tripartite identity: Taina – Spanish – African.
During her artistic process, Maritza plays freely with memories, experiences, movements, expressions, colors and sounds that have shaped her.
“The thread that runs through my work is ancestry—the collection of inseparable qualities that, through blood and culture and beyond my ability to control, made me who I am. I cannot control past events that have shaped me, but I can choose how I regard my essential self.”