My name is Karla Daniela Rosas. I am a New Orleans-based artist, by way of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. I am self-trained, and I work primarily with markers and pen + ink. Recurring themes in my work are butterflies, immigrants, Mexican myths, comic books, and women who don’t play nice. I characterize my style as rasquache, a fancy way of saying my work has a “cheap” aesthetic.
As a Mexican woman raised by generations of other Mexican women, I constantly am trying to capture what it means to be a mexicana . Mexican femininity isn’t idealized as beauty and delicacy, but as resilience, self-preservation, and aggressiveness — as being a chingona. My mother, la mas chingona de todas, taught me that if you don’t have “it,” you hustle until you do…and you look good the entire time. I celebrate this hustle in my work, while also bearing witness to the pain Mexican women go through in order to cultivate such strength. In doing so, I am aligning their strength with my own blossoming chingona-ness, and in that sense, you could interpret my work as a series of very colorful self-portraits (or selfies).
Currently, I’m pursuing an M.A. at Tulane University in Latin American Studies.