Cut from the Same Cloth

Reception: Saturday, July 9, 2016 at 7 - 10pm
Exhibition Dates: July 7 - July 23, 2016
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 2-6pm, or by appointment

Root Division (Front Gallery)
1131 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103


Presented as part of a two-month exploration into consumerism and cultural expression in the Bay Area, Root Division’s front gallery will feature a two-person show by Irene CarvajalRea Lynn de GuzmanThrough parallel experiences originating on opposite sides of the world, these Bay Area artists confront universal themes of diaspora and concepts of femininity stemming from their Costa Rican and Filipina heritage. 

Cut From The Same Cloth combines installation, print, and sculptural media with an emphasis on fiber and textiles. Utilizing textiles as a metaphor for a colonized society, Carvajal and de Guzman explore themes of diaspora, hegemony, gender roles, labor, value, and their effects on our psyche.


Reception: Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 6:30 - 8:30pm
Exhibition Dates: May 17 - July 25, 2016

Paolo Mejia Fine Arts & Design
Jack London Square Realty (Annex)
311 Oak Street, Suite 116 Oakland, CA 94607


In this solo show, San Francisco-based artist Rea Lynn de Guzman references the iconography of “Maria Clara” (a mestiza character from Jose Rizal’s novel Noli me Tangere and metonym for a traditional dress woven from piña fiber and organza). Influenced by Spanish colonization, “Maria Clara” embodies Philippine ideals of female beauty equated with light skin, accompanied by stereotypes of chastity and demureness. Through the process of repetitive layering and a palette evoking skin tones, de Guzman utilizes the tactility of specific materials such as image transfers on synthetic organza to extract and repudiate these imposed ideals and stereotypes—material remnants intertwined with cultural legacies.