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Self Portrait

1984
101.5 x 71 cm (39 15/16 x 27 15/16 in.)

Barbara Carrasco (El Paso, Texas, 1955 - ) Primary

Medium and Support: Screenprint
Credit Line: Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Gilberto Cárdenas, 2017
Accession Number: 2017.322

Barbara Carrasco is a pioneering artist who advocates for social justice through her murals and paintings. In this print, she presents herself in a track-and-field uniform, a reference to the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics. The “2” across Carrasco’s chest addresses the competition within the male-dominated field of muralism and the inescapable notoriety of “No. 1,” the artist David Alfaro Siqueiros, whose name is written on her paintbrush. A roller brush threatens to whitewash her and the entire composition, indicative of the backlash Latina artists often faced for challenging traditional roles in both Anglo-American and Mexican American cultures. Despite the number on her dress, Carrasco represents herself crossing the finish line, breaking through the barrier of social expectations.

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