Semester of Graduation

7th semester


Master of Fine Arts (MFA)


School of Art

Document Type



¡MUJERES CHÉVERES! – Cool Women! is a body of work and writing that looks into the history of feminism and analyzes the activism of Colombian women, highlighting their resilience and spirit. Policarpa Salavarrieta, Maria Cano, Madre Laura Montoya, and Adriana Ocampo are a few examples of Colombian women’s contributions to social movements and gender equality. Movements like “Estamos Listas” in Medellín are discussed for their role in advocating for women’s rights and societal change.

As a self-identified feminist male, this body of work, draws from my upbringing among influential women to investigate the societal roles of Colombian women. This body of work and writing begins by acknowledging the stark contrast between women’s omnipresent nurturing roles and their underrepresentation in power spheres. This disparity motivates the author’s exploration of women’s significant societal roles, making this thesis a homage to these women and a commitment to gender equality.

Personal narratives are interwoven throughout the paper. Through this body of work, I reflect on the profound influences of my grandmother Isabel, my mom, Adriana, and Aunt Gissela. Isabel, a matriarch with a strong faith, contributed to community welfare through activities like crochet, embodying compassion and resilience. Adriana’s endless love helped me to grow up in a safe and caring environment. Gissela’s professional success and commitment to social causes illustrate the multifaceted nature of Colombian womanhood and inspire the author’s personal and professional journey.

This writing also discusses artistic influences on my body of work. The influence of Louise Nevelson’s assemblage technique is evident in the sculptural series, reflecting the narratives of Colombian women. The monochromatic color schemes and material choices in these sculptures resonate with Nevelson’s style, emphasizing form and narrative.

Digital illustration portraiture is another key element of this thesis project. Influences from artists like A.M. Cassandre, Tamara de Lempicka, Edgar Rozo, and Maria Picassó I Piquer help to shape the lexicon and visual styling in the digital illustrations. These illustrations, accompanied by biographical descriptions, aim to convey the essence of influential Colombian women. The project finds a kindred spirit in “Colombiennes” by Jade Vergnes and Hortense Jauffret, which also celebrates Colombian women through visual storytelling.

In summary, this body of work and writing is a complex amalgamation of personal reflection, historical analysis, and artistic exploration. It sheds light on the multifaceted roles of Colombian women in shaping society, underscored by my personal experiences and artistic endeavors.



Committee Chair

Luisa F. Restrepo