My art work is directed toward the whole family, it is not just the adults, it’s also the children.—Carmen Lomas Garza
Carmen Lomas Garza’s paintings celebrate the ordinary lives of Mexican-Americans and reflect the artist’s pride in her Chicana heritage. Because her paintings often deal with her memories of growing up in South Texas, she considers them self-portraits.
The Blessing on Wedding Day is part of Garza’s series of paintings on teenage girls and their rites of passage. This work is based on her memory of a cousin’s wedding. The viewer is privy to a quiet moment just before the ceremony. Inside her childhood bedroom, where members of her family surround her, the bride’s past is reflected in her doll collection and her future is implied in the packed suitcases on the floor. The artist, in a red blouse, puts the finishing touches on the bridal gown.
Details such as the red, white, and green doll clothes (the colors of the Mexican flag), the Catholic religious articles on the wall shelf, and the black lace mantilla on the bed all point to aspects of Chicano culture.
Alkyd on canvas
Purchased with the Josephine A. Stein, class of 1927, Fund in honor of the class of 1927
ID Number: SC 1995:31