My work has been influenced and informed by popular and traditional culture, primarily through the appropriations of female imagery from Mexican recycled adult comic books. I am interested in the comic’s reductive representation of women’s bodies and identities. I appropriate these images in hopes of liberating them from their pulp fiction world and also to witness the language that is born through these new articulations.
In my recent work, I explore and reveal the codes and language of these comic books by using invasive techniques and materials to isolate the images and separate the text from its’ original context, creating intensely disembodied figures and a cacophony of dialogue. This work celebrates the vernacular language and slang of pulp fiction and popular culture prevalent in Mexico as well as demolish the prevalent sexist clichés and stereotypes in a transgressive act of reclamation.
Blanka has shown in the United States and Mexico at The Bronx Museum of the Arts, El Museo del Barrio, Queens Museum of Art, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco, Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (MACLA) in San Jose, Bronx River Art Center, at The Taller Boricua, La Casona John Spencer in Cuernavaca among others. In 2008 she initiated an artist-run project in her bedroom called the Bronx Blue Bedroom Project (BBBP). Mentions of her work are included in the New York Times, TimeOut, Daily News, WNYC-News, The Bronx Beat, Queens Chronicle, among others. Blanka was trained originally as a painter, studying in Florence, Italy and received her BA from California State University Fresno.