Candy Alexandra participated in the 2018 Philadelphia Open Studio Tours through the 40th Street Artist-in-Residence. | Photo Credit: Mae Belle

Candy Alexandra participated in the 2018 Philadelphia Open Studio Tours through the 40th Street Artist-in-Residence. | Photo Credit: Mae Belle

Artist Bio

Candy Alexandra González is a Latinx papermaker, printmaker, book artist and young poet from Miami, FL. In their visual and written work, Candy Alexandra centers the narratives of Latinx immigrants and captures the essence of their own experiences as a first generation Latinx immigrant in the United States.

Candy Alexandra received their BA in Romance Languages and Literature from Mount Holyoke College in 2014 and their MFA in Book Arts and Printmaking from The University of the Arts in 2017.

Artist Statement

As a first-generation Latinx immigrant, I constantly navigate between two languages, cultures and histories. At a young age I became my parent’s translator. My work reflects this role; I share my parent’s stories, knowing that if I don’t share them, no one will. In my visual and written artwork, I reference the borderlands: the U.S./Mexico border and the tension that permeates its terrain, as well as the spaces where my parent’s experiences converge with my own. The borderlands are a battleground of struggle that exist geographically as well as internally. This delineation is both a physical place and a socially constructed binary known to those who don’t comfortably live in either place and are constantly navigating between two opposing sides.

By presenting parallels between the physical landscape that my mother traversed while immigrating to the U.S., the landscapes that I have imagined through her retelling her journeys and the internalized borders that I experience as a first-generation immigrant, I capture the essence of the borderlands in my work.