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Elizabeth Alvarado

18th Street Pilsen Open Studios - 2023

2111 West Cullerton Street, Chicago, IL, USA

Home Studio

October 21st & 22nd / 12-8pm

"Stages of Life"


I was born and raised in Pilsen neighborhood. My connection to the neighborhood runs deep because this is where I went to elementary school, high school and where I currently live and work. I currently work in the elementary schools in Chicago and I help out the kids with IEP's who are academically and sometimes socially challenged. 


My artwork is about the challenges I have faced being born female in a religious and sexist environment. Ever since I can remember as a child I was told the things I was not allowed to do as a girl or woman the first one was, I can never be a preacher, then an engineer, then a president, then a slut. I also had to be kind and maintain my figure and be good at house chores and cooking. I had to ask myself many times "What I have always wanted to do?" in order to heal myself. 

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