June 15 – Sept 29, 2004
An En Foco exhibition at the New York Public Library – Edenwald Branch
1255 East 233rd Street at DeReimer Avenue,
Bronx, NY 10466
Patricia Gomez explores her dual heritage as a daughter of an Anglo mother and a Mexican-American father, stating her work has “become a product of my journey to connect with my Latino heritage.”
Using a medium format camera, she began documenting her family and friends to create the series Family Connections. She states, “only on very few occasions was I exposed to my father’s Latino culture. It was those occasions that left lasting impressions. I was yearning for something I was missing, that did not surface until I had my own children.” Her project has since expanded to reach Latinos in Southwestern United States and Northern Mexico. She uses black and white film to capture the sensibilities of each individual, regardless of age and gender.
Gomez, a former commercial airline pilot, studied photography at Mesa Community College and Arizona State University. Her exhibitions include Carlsbad Museum and Art Center in Carlsbad, New Mexico; The Phoenix Center, Central Gallery-Burton Barr Central Library, Arizona State University West and the Phoenix City Hall Atrium, all in Phoenix, Arizona; and the Chandler Public Library in Chandler, Arizona.