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Rosemary Meza-DesPlas

Multidisciplinary artist

Farmington, NM

Instagram @rosemarymezadesplas

My practice examines how resilient women navigate and overcome obstacles, including political, economic, social, and cultural, to advance a future wherein gender parity is the norm.
Hand-stitched hair works, one focus in my studio practice, serve as an archive of my body and reflect my own aging process. The materiality of hair coincides with feminism and ethnicity at the point it speaks to issues of body image, femininity, and identity.

Rosemary Meza-DesPlas (she/her) was born and raised in the Dallas, Texas suburb of Garland. Her mother, from Allende (Coahuila), Mexico, came to the United States as a migrant farm worker; her father grew up in Tampico, Mexico. The tenacity of her eight aunts in the face of personal tragedies and adversities was an early inspiration; their narratives contributed to her embrace of feminist ideology. She is a multidisciplinary artist who works in drawing, painting, installation, fiber art, performance, and video. Meza-DesPlas explores sociocultural issues through an intersectional feminist lens. Her artwork, centered upon the human figure, reflects the female experience within a patriarchal society and serves to amplify the voices of women. Meza-DesPlas lives in Farmington, New Mexico.

Meza-DesPlas received a BFA from the University of North Texas and an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is a recipient of a Fulcrum Fund grant (2022) for a new performance artwork titled Miss Nalgas USA 2022. Framed around a beauty competition for self-identifying Latinas over fifty, this performance artwork examines the topics of ageism, self-identity, and colorism. Her work has been exhibited at Museum of Sonoma County, 516 ARTS, New Mexico Museum of Art, and Art Museum of Southeast Texas. Her artwork has been featured in Interview Magazine, HuffPost Arts & Culture, Wall Street International Magazine, and ARTiculAction Contemporary Art Review, among other publications. Ms. Meza-DesPlas parallels the themes in her visual artwork with writings and performances. She has presented at the College Art Association conference (2022), Feminist Art Conference at Ontario College of Art & Design (2017), and Gender, Sexuality, & Women’s Studies Conference at The University of Pittsburgh (2016). She has had performances at Center for Contemporary Arts, Santa Fe, NM; Amos Eno Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; form & concept gallery, Santa Fe, NM; ARC Gallery, Chicago, IL.

Selected Works

A ¾ view of a nude woman is shown centrally in the picture plane against a blank background. She is looking to her left. She holds a gun and a knife. Her expression anticipates the arrival of some unseen foe. The image is created with linework. The linework is the artist’s hair.
Fifteen squares and rectangles show nude women in various states of marching superimposed against repeated images of a woman yelling.
A woman’s face is centered in the composition. Her eyes stare out at the viewer. Her hands are held up to cover 2/3’s of her face. Her expression is one of distress. She is created with white linework. The linework is the artist’s gray hair.