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Spotlight on Minority Health Month

We are excited to showcase unique art by two powerful women artists, portraying minority health issues that are important to them.  

Liz Flores

Graphic Designer
New Orleans

Artist
Chicago

For this last piece I wanted to reflect on the unique health needs Latinos face specifically around language barriers and how this affects access to care. 

Language here is represented by the pink and purple circular shapes. Getting smaller to signify losses in translation until they eventually cross.

I am an American artist of Mexican and Cuban descent based in Chicago. My work experiments with how the human condition—with its interplay between emotion and memory—can be represented abstractly. I engage everyday human experience and the female body by using shape, color and the human form as a mode of visual storytelling.

My mural work can be found throughout the Chicagoland Area and New York City. In addition to working with private and commercial clients like Lululemon and Target, I have exhibited my work in galleries throughout Chicago. 

Follow Liz on Instagram & Twitter

Liz Flores

Artist
Chicago

Design by Liz Flores

Liz Flores

Graphic Designer
New Orleans

Artist
Chicago

Rates of type 2 diabetes are more than twice as high in Latino communities compared to other communities. I’ve seen the effects of this firsthand in my family.

There are many reasons for this disparity like health care systems that are not usually conducive to providing culturally- and socially-oriented care, and food insecurity. I wanted to express this lack of access with a family sitting at a table together with empty plates. There is a bowl of healthy foods/resources on the table but just out of reach, blocked off with a cage around it.

I am an American artist of Mexican and Cuban descent based in Chicago. My work experiments with how the human condition—with its interplay between emotion and memory—can be represented abstractly. I engage everyday human experience and the female body by using shape, color and the human form as a mode of visual storytelling.

My mural work can be found throughout the Chicagoland Area and New York City. In addition to working with private and commercial clients like Lululemon and Target, I have exhibited my work in galleries throughout Chicago. 

Follow Liz on Instagram & Twitter

Liz Flores

Artist
Chicago

Design by Liz Flores

Natashya Jacob

Graphic Designer
New Orleans

Artist
Chicago

Hello, I’m Natashya Jacob, a self-taught painter based out of Chicago, IL. I’ve always appreciated visual arts, and with the extra time inside during the pandemic, I really reconnected with my love of painting. I mainly use watercolors but enjoy experimenting with oil and acrylic mediums as well. I’m drawn to vibrant, contrasting colors and capturing portraits, still-lifes, architecture, and interiors in my pieces. For more of my artwork, process, and inspirations – please check out my Instagram and Etsy shop.  

I’m of Southeast Asian descent with roots in Sri Lanka. Growing up in the U.A.E., my family and I made frequent trips to Sri Lanka to visit my grandparents. I have such great memories of their home, surrounded by lush greens, coconut trees, and jasmine flowers. In Sri Lanka, the cuisine is an integral part of the culture – it incorporates lots of rice, spicy curries, earthy herbs, and tropical fruit.

This first piece is inspired by Sri Lanka’s colorful fruit and spicy dishes I grew up to know and love. The diverse array of fresh foods represents to me the important role of nutrition in our overall health – with poor diet being linked to many chronic diseases. Socio-economic status and environment are among the many contributors to diet-related disparities impacting ethnic minorities, and it remains an important issue to me to raise awareness of the importance of healthy eating, and how enjoyable it can be as well for the mind, body, and soul. 

For more of my artwork, process, and inspirations – please check out my Instagram and Etsy shop

 
natashya-jacob

Natashya Jacob

Artist
Chicago

Design by Natashya Jacob

Liz Flores

Graphic Designer
New Orleans

Artist
Chicago

Mental health for the Latinx community is something I feel very passionate about. As someone who personally has had to work through my own mental health struggles to continue my work as an artist, it can be difficult to deal with the stigma and lack of access that is available for Latinx communities.

For this piece, I wanted to represent what it feels like when thoughts and feelings are locked inside (black swirls). And the connection that can happen when our internal life is shared with someone.

I am an American artist of Mexican and Cuban descent based in Chicago. My work experiments with how the human condition—with its interplay between emotion and memory—can be represented abstractly. I engage everyday human experience and the female body by using shape, color and the human form as a mode of visual storytelling.

My mural work can be found throughout the Chicagoland Area and New York City. In addition to working with private and commercial clients like Lululemon and Target, I have exhibited my work in galleries throughout Chicago. 

 

Follow Liz on Instagram & Twitter

Liz Flores

Artist
Chicago

Design by Liz Flores