We had the good fortune of connecting with Maryrose Cobarrubias Mendoza and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Maryrose, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
I think it was natural for art to be how I make a living. I have been drawing since I was a child, encouraged by my Uncle who was an artist and designer. I never doubted that I could be an artist and just thought I would do anything to be able to continue it.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I make art exploring diasporic identity through the recasting of the familiar in 2- and 3-dimensional art forms like drawings, objects, and installations.

In 2019, I was honored to receive a Guggenheim Fellowship and, in 2020, invited to create an exhibition for the Orange County Museum of Art. Navigating Technics was curated by Ricardo Reyes and organized by Cassandra Coblentz for OCMA’s Expand space, but unfortunately opened when Covid-19 was still rampant, so most people were not able to see it.

As it was the most cohesive exhibition of my work, I am very proud of it, nonetheless.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
As a longtime Angeleno, I like to show visitors ‘past-and-present’ Los Angeles with a lot of art in between. After a hearty breakfast at a historic spot like the Original Pantry, we could catch exhibitions from Regen Projects in Hollywood, Commonwealth & Council in Koreatown, to ICA Los Angeles in downtown. DTLA has changed a lot, but I still have old favorites like mochi at the Fugetsu-Do Bakery shop in Little Tokyo, and newer ones like drip coffee at Document coffee shop in mid-Wilshire on the way to the California African American Museum near USC.

At the end of the day, it’s always great to head to Chinatown for a yummy dinner at one of my favorite Filipino-American restaurants, Lasita.

After hours, there’s always the coolest bar in Long Beach, the Grasshopper, where it’s impeccably remodeled interior makes you feel like you are living in another era.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I have been lucky to have the support and love of my husband, family, and friends.

Website: www.maryrosecmendoza.com

Instagram: maryrose.c.mendoza

Linkedin: Maryrose Mendoza

Image Credits
Images by Brooke Shanesy and ofstudio

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