Art Is Medicine That Heals Us All
Art is a form of healing and resistance as often the voices and expressions of women of color are silenced. Erika Rosales considers herself a healer through her art, as she is the conduit of whatever wants to be expressed. She is part of the expression of non-physical to physical.
The below paintings (alcohol ink on Yupo paper, 9 x 12 inches) by Erika Rosales are available to purchase. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for inquiries.
"It is a possibility that what I paint exists in a different realm; maybe they are what feelings would look like; maybe it is what once was part of the imagination of my ancestors."Erika Rosales
Erika Rosales (she/her/hers) is an artist who believes that art is medicine that heals us. She considers herself a healer through her art. Art is a form of healing and resistance as often the voices and expressions of women of color are attempted to be silenced. Erika’s art is primarily abstract. She has also worked on a couple of local mural projects for social justice purposes as well as facilitated art workshops for youth. Additionally, Erika has been a cultural dancer for over 15 years and has danced professionally in several Mexican Folkloric dance groups as well as an Afro-Peruvian dance group.
Erika Rosales is an undocumented immigrant and a DACA recipient. She is also an immigration activist and has helped organize immigration events and rallies locally and nationally. Erika often speaks out about her experience and knowledge about DACA and immigration as a guest lecturer and through media interviews and published pieces. She currently works at the Wisconsin Center for Education Research at WIDA as a Human Resources Coordinator and focuses on diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice and has done recent work at the Global Health Institute as a Human Rights Curriculum Coordinator focusing on migration, child health, and human rights. She recently received her graduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee from the Cultural Foundations of Community Engagement and Education program.