Leticia Contreras is a queer, afro-xicana, interdisciplinary artist and cultural organizer born and raised in Houston, TX. Her work explores themes of embodied memory, radical joy, and our relationship to each other and our environment. She uses materials that draw from the natural world, both as inspiration and materials. Leticia engages a variety of media; photography, installation, and performance to unveil the stories of a place. Viewers cross the boundaries of witnessing and participating.
She received a BA from Hampshire College, Amherst, MA, 2012 and is currently pursing a MFA in Interdisciplinary Practices and Emerging Forms at The University of Houston, Houston, TX.
In 2018 she was a participating artist in the Desert Unit for Speculative Territories (DUST) program - Marfa, TX, an international research collaboration with The University of Houston and School Fine Arts De Nantes Saint-Nazaire, France.
Since 2012, Leticia has been an active member of Alternate Roots, an organization based in the Southern USA whose mission is to support the creation and presentation of original art, in all its forms, which is rooted in a particular community of place, tradition or spirit.
Shout out to her Mujers Malas colectivo!
Group shows include Bloodlines, University of Houston, TX (2018), Between the Sun and Me, Marfa, TX (2018), El Chow: Frutos en Vaina, El Rincón Social (2018), Lo Que Me Dijieron Was… performance with Mujeres Malas, Houston, TX (2017), Black Women Artist for Black Lives Matter, Project Row Houses (2016), Creative Women Unite: Labels, blueOrange Gallery (2016)
Artist Statement Leticia began exploring the arts when she was a freshman in high school and her mom enrolled her in a traditional darkroom photography classes at the Glassel School of Art. Her curiosity for creative expression began before that, in elementary school, when her abuela taught her how to sew and design in her kitchen in Gonzalez, TX. While pursuing her MFA at the University of Houston, Leticia has been interested in the creative practices of the home, the healing properties of ritual, and the power of socially engaged art that roots itself in place to build community. Drawing from her cultural heritage as a southern, gulf-coast, queer femme, she explores way of weaving craft with radical play. Moved by the desire to flow beyond the 2D, Leticia designs immersive experiences with fiber-based installations and performance.
7714 Renwick Dr
Southwest, Houston, Texas 77081