I use painting as my tool of expression because it is fluid and moves as my creative thoughts do. While researching images of the Afghan war, I was moved tremendously by all the children affected. Which would I choose to best express my sentiments? I sadly selected the face of a mother ripped with agony over a young son whom she oulived and had to bury prematurely. When I began to paint, my creative thoughts were initially focused on anger towards a needless war. During the process, I realized that war was taking a toll on our families here in North America as well. Our soldiers were maimed and losing their young lives in efforts to combat unknown enemies in this seemingly futile fight against terrorisrm. Were they being photographed with mourning mothers over their dead bodies? If so, who would pay homage to them?
Maria Dominquez has exhibited all over the world including Europe, Japan, and Africa . Dominquez’ career in public art-making, private commissions and community murals have gained her the respect of her contemporaries and art professionals in New York State. She has been the recipient of prestigious grants such as The National Endowment for Arts, The New York Foundation for the Arts, and she garnered nominations to the prestigious Joan Mitchell Foundation Award. Dominguez is currently a Teaching Artist for Young Audience of New York and City Lore two respected organizations in NYC. She’s also working for the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; Learning thru the Arts, Studio in the School. Also for seven years Dominguez headed El Museo del Barrio’s Museum Education Department in New York City.