My name is Karla Daniela Rosas. I am a New Orleans-based artist, by way of Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. I work primarily with markers, pen and ink, then process through photoshop/illustrator. Recurring inspirations for my work are butterflies, immigrants, Mexican myths, Catholicism, comic books, and women who don't play nice. I characterize my style as digital rasquache, a fancy way of saying I work cheaply and I don't have an art degree.
I am mexicana, undocumented, and constantly negotiating my position in this country. The hustle is real, and I come to it prepped by generations of Mexican women who have taught me that resilience, self-preservation, and aggressiveness are borne out of tears and not comfort. I celebrate this hustle in my work, while also bearing witness to the pain migrant women go through as they carve out their own place in this country. In doing so, I am aligning their strength with my own, and in that sense, you could interpret my work as a series of very colorful self-portraits (or selfies).