Who are you?
Honestly I hate this question and love this question. Depends on the particular day and mood
really, but the way I see it, I am everything and I am nothing; a human who creates things.
My name is Queli (spanish for Kelly) and I make art that makes me feel.
What kind of art do you make?
I try not to limit myself so I experiment in a lot of different mediums. I paint and get to channel a
lot of my creative energy through there, but I needed another way to create, to work through
some stuff that was building up.
Maybe before you ask me what I create, you should ask me why I create.
I create because I have to, because it’s my way of understanding and relating to the world
around me. I create because it helps me work through all the bullshit. I create because it’s my
way of speaking to the world. I create because art is my constant and like breathing.
I KNOW I am not the only one in this universe who struggles with loving exactly who she is.
Pero, I learned this new word: MULTIDISCIPLINARY ARTIST. Beautiful right? It means more
than one discipline. I started out painting (still very much painting and exploring) and currently
working on becoming a full time artist, but I don’t want to limit my process. I want to give myself
the freedom to explore, working through different mediums.
This is where performance art came into my life. It started out as mostly just a personal
experiment. I wanted to force myself to be uncomfortable, to be noticeable, to be loud. To stop
making myself disappear. So I turned on the camera one night in my room and started recording
myself. Let’s just say things got really weird. I had no trust in my body to do anything and I
wasn’t sure who was more unforgiving, me or the camera.
But I kept coming back. It was like therapy and when I was done it felt SO GOOD, cathartic
even! I couldn’t explain it. I was finally giving myself the space to be weird, to just be and do
whatever. It was through this that I started finally seeing myself differently and really allowing
myself to be, to exist as I am.
Part of the experiment was to share the experience, so I created @xogordaxqueli to document
the experience and archive these videos.
What is XOGORDA?
XOGORDA means hugs and kisses fat girl. So it’s like a signature but also it’s a
message/reminder to love. I KNOW I am not the only one in this universe who struggles with
loving exactly who she is.
XOGORDA is a space to create, to grow, and to love. I give you permission to come in and sit
down with me for a while, to observe in silence, maybe make yourself uncomfortable and learn