Mandy Cano Villalobos
Separated from my son during an artist residency, I collected the last of my breastmilk and poured it upon the ground of an abandoned silo. Through this simple ritual, I designate sacred value to the disregarded space and transform my bodily milk into a baptismal signifier.
Mandy Cano Villalobos (US) is an interdisciplinary artist who resides in the Midwest. The child of a migrant family, she has lived in fourteen states and two countries. Her work focuses upon life’s ephemerality and identity as shaped by location and collective memory. Cano Villalobos’ practice encompasses installation, performance, and object/textile-based work. Her work has been exhibited at the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum (Clinton, NY), Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore, MD), Wisconsin Union Directorate (Madison, WI), The Eli and Edyth Broad Art Museum (East Lansing, MI), and Hillyer Art Space (Washington, DC) and La Casa Pauly (Puerto Montt, Chile).