Attendees who filled out the post-event survey received a sticker pack from Eileen that included the Budget Matters logo, the logo for our new podcast WA Possible, and three original pieces of her art.
My mother is Maria Cruz, my grandmother is Eloisa Saavedra and my great-grandmother is Isidora Saavedra, matriarchs of the Ñätho (Otomí peoples). I am an Indigenous queer artist living in occupied Duwamish Territory (Seattle, WA). My soul speaks through my art. In my art you will see the aesthetics of my Mexican and Otomi stories. In my art, you see the visual representation of my soul, and the colors, the culture, the visions and the dreams that live there. My business name, Maese: Art by Eileen Jimenez, is in honor of my mother, Maria Cruz Jimenez, the true maese (teacher/renaissance person) of my life.
In my current body of work I focus on the embodiment of the divine that is manifested through our bodies and our hands specifically. I use linocut and mixed media techniques to develop my own ways of telling stories in the complex layers that they exist in and to demonstrate the ways that we are connected to the Land and to each other.
I am enjoying learning about myself, reflecting about my experiences and healing. I work full time at a community college supporting students navigate higher education and trying to dismantle white supremacist and institutional racist policies and structures. I am currently in an EdD in higher education program at the Muckleshoot Tribal College and the University of Washington, Tacoma. I am loving reading and learning and you will probably see the themes of decolonized education in my current body of work.