My Spanish Journal Revisited investigates the liminal space between childhood and adulthood by juxtaposing two texts: My Spanish Journal—a child’s text focusing on Spanish vocabulary that also reveals funny, intimate, and painful stories about the speaker’s family—and A Lesson in Color—a poem written by the child, now grown woman, that details her experiences traveling in Mexico. Through examining the culture and colors, she cannot help but recall the traumatic event from her childhood (represented in the child’s text by erased pages). Color is a very important element to this piece. There is a constant play between red and blue throughout the book: red representing femininity, pain, and trauma, while blue, on the otherhand, symbolizes uplifting images found within the Mexican landscape. What results is a strange and often disquieting play between the two colors, the two texts, and also between the realms of girlhood and womanhood.
2010, 5.25” x 8.25”, 124 pages, offset pencil text, letterpressed ribbons text, hand-colored with crayon