My complicated identity as a mixed-race, white-passing, queer woman in America inspires much of my artwork. Through creation, I seek to break down gender constructs, reframe female sexuality, and amplify the perspectives of marginalized individuals. My work often includes commentary on gender roles and social issues, incorporating and reclaiming iconography typically associated with femininity. My works are often pink glitter dreamscapes of meticulous messes.
Whether through impromptu projects with my non-art major friends or the experimentation with mediums outside my expertise, I am committed to challenging the elitist, gate-kept nature of the traditional art community. My goal as an artist is to curate an atmosphere for creative magic; to help others develop their artistic identities by including those outside of the artistic realm, restructuring my work to contribute back to my community, and consistently questioning the intent behind my art.
Anna Aretha Luise Carmen Lucille Guardado is a Seattle-based artist. Born and raised in Washington, art has shaped her life since age 10, when she was accepted to the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics. There, she explored the different art forms, eventually focusing in film, music, writing, and theatre, and gradually developed her voice through these. Reflecting on her time at VSAA, many injustices in the art community were highlighted, which ignited a passion to make art more accessible and inclusive for the people around her. Now a senior at the University of Washington, Guardado is in the Interdisciplinary Visual Arts program and is a staff member for both The Daily UW and the Fishwrapper News. Here, she creates multimedia works that comment on her identity within society at large, designs humorous and irrelevant graphics for satirical articles, and tattoos strangers in exchange for donations to local charities.