Sarah Castillo was not able to make the trip down to Wilmington for the ” Homegirls” residency, but she is a loved and  active member of Mas Rudas.  Sarah shares an open letter she wrote to Kristin, Mari, Cristina, and Ruth describing a beautiful story of her background and childhood.

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Two more days till the opening show for the Más Rudas, “Homegirls” installation!

Slanguage wants to also thanks everyone  who was able to make to the panel discussion with the girls last night it was great way for everyone to get to know Más Rudas and their collective.  Tonight don’t forget to drop by tonight for San Pedro Art walk; there will be a welcoming party for Más Rudas,  and art exhibit thrown by Tree-house Gallery and Boutique.

Next on the interview tip lets get to know Kristin Gamez. She is awesome both involved in art and music check it out…

Q: Tell me a bit about yourself and your background in the San Antonio art scene?

A: I was a participant of an inner city youth arts non–profit called San Antonio Youth Yes, SAY SI in high school. I began working with digital art and was introduced to digital video and the use of installation pieces. We would have art shows every First Friday of the month and I gained much exposure to the San Antonio art scene then. However, once I left for the University of Texas I have not been involved with the art scene since 2001. It has only been since my work with the collective that I have returned to the San Antonio art scene.

Q:How did you get involved with Más Rudas?

A: I met Mari Hernandez and she asked if I wanted to be in all female art group and have an art show. We had a meeting and then concreted a few items like being a Chicana art collective and being just five.
Q: I know the concept of the show is ” Homegirls”  what is the meaning of this theme to you?
A: Homegirls for me is a friend that is down with who I am and we together are supportive of each other. A friend that due to our experiences together, is very dear to me.

Q: Being it is your first collective show in Los Angeles what is your goal for this show or feelings on it?
A: I am excited to present a show in the LA area because I understand the community is similar to the SA community, which means it will be like home. I love working with my collective because we do work that is representative or ourselves and our culture growing up in San Antonio. I would hope that this resonates with the LA community.
I also hope to get the Más Ruda collective name and mission in the minds of the LA art scene.

Q: Where do you see MAS RUDAS or yourself in the future with projects?

A: I see us completing youth media/art workshops and completing out of state and in state art exhibitions.

Thank You Kristin for that. There are two more girls that were not able to make it because of obligations , but I still wanted to get their voice on the blog in support of the collective. Stay tuned to the blog  for the  next interview with Sarah Castillo.

For more information on tonight’s event at Tree House Gallery and Boutique please check out Swapmeet Chronicles.



“Mom when she is mad at me”

The Más Rudas collective are women of many talents. Since their arrival at Slanguage they have been working hard getting the galley ready for their opening show Saturday titled ” Homegirls”

Next we get familiar with Más Ruda Ruth Buentello and her love of painting…

Q: Tell me a bit about yourself and your background in the San Antonio art scene?

A: My name is Ruth Buentello, I am 26 yrs old and I am a painter. My relationship with San Antonio arts began at San Anto Cultural Arts a community arts-based organization located in the West side , a Mexicano/Chicano neighborhood. The organization is known for its two hardcore programs:  El Placazo Community Newspaper and the Community Mural/Public Art Program. San Anto was created by neighborhood residents out of a need for community arts. I got involved at the age of 16 and I continue to be there as the Community Mural/Public Art Coordinator. The murals were a way to get involved in to something bigger than me and a way to give back to my community. San Anto provided  a direction and guidance for my life as an artist and a space where I could be empowered through art and embrace my Chicananess.

The greatest thing San Anto gave to me was my education at  the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where I received my BFA. After my degree I came back in 2008  and I am heavily involved in the arts. I just received a artist travel grant to visit public art in Italy and France.

Q: What type of Art or Media etc do you work with?
A: I primarily paint. My focus is in figurative painting and narratives.  I paint from photographs and work on nontraditional surfaces like Kraft paper, cardboard and other found objects.

Sex Doll (below)

Q:  How did you get started with Más Rudas?

A: The idea of the collective originated from Mari Ruda. The  purpose of Mas Rudas aligned itself with my own work and goals as an artist, so it was natural to get involved. All of the rudas had known each other through the community work we were involved with or as acquaintances. We all found that we wanted to create work that spoke to the contemporary Chicana and at the same time allowed for us to push each other to create experimental work that kept the values of our community practices.

Q: What meaning does ” Homegirls” have to you?

A: This theme has many meanings and purposes to us. We are so excited to be able to discuss such an issue through art. I don’t think in art or our daily lives we get a chance to examine what a homegirl is. Its one of those things that gets overlooked or isn’t seen as art. It has many facets to it from the aesthetics of homegirl (old English font, eyebrows, and big hair) to the complexities of female relationships (friends forever,the self defamation like calling each other bitches or hoes).
Its a theme where we can talk about the relationship we have developed amongst each other as women of the collective. Second we hope to inspire our viewers to examine their own relationships with their homegirl.

Q: Being it is your first collective show in Los Angeles what is your goal for this show or feelings on it?

A: Our goal is create dialogue through our work. We want to demonstrate to Los Angleles that strong work is coming out of San Antonio and its being made by mujeres. We also want to build a strong relationship with Slanguage and create a network with artists from Wilmington.

Q: Where do you see Más Rudas? or yourself in the future with projects?

A: I see Mas Rudas creating work in other spaces nationally and creating educational workshops/forums that are part of our work.

Gracias Ruth!

Do not forget to come for a  Panel Discussion with Mas Rudas: August 4, 2010 from 7:30- 9pm

Next interview will be posted on Thursday with Más Ruda,  Kristin Gamez.



We are excited that Más Rudas is finally here at Slanguage all the way from San Antonio, Texas! It is also the first time for Más Rudas in  sunny California so we welcome them and really hope they get the most from their time in Los Angeles and the Dub City.
I got a chance to interview these lovely ladies and find out more about their awesome talents and their all female collective. I will be posting their interviews throughout the week they are here.

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