Oak Cliff & Pleasant Grove

EXHIBIT DIRECTOR STATEMENT

Victoria Ferrell-Ortiz was born in Dallas, Texas. She lived in West Dallas until the age of five, and then moved to Oak Cliff. Victoria’s Mother was an educator within DISD, and impressed upon her the importance of being a lifelong learner at a young age. She attended the Judge Barefoot Sanders Law Magnet School at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Magnet Center.  In 2016, she received her Bachelors of Arts in Integrative Studies from the University of North Texas in Denton, with concentrations in international studies, sociology, and public administration and community service. Additionally, she minored in social sciences, and earned a certification in Latino and Mexican American Studies.

 

She was recently appointed to the Arts and Culture Advisory Commission for the City of Dallas as an at large member. Victoria is a member of the first cohort of Emerging Historians to come out of the Dallas Mexican American Historical League.

-VICTORIA FERRELL-ORTIZ

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After creating all of these, I realized that making these striped pieces gave me what I needed in a way – stability, comfort, hope, and a space to process. Their titles really reflected the thoughts I was having about the current circumstances and the conversation I was having with God. I feel like they exhibit this back and forth, reshaping of thinking, displaying the moments of hope and confidence I had as well as the doubt and confusion and anxiety I was experiencing.

The moments where we experience more than one emotion as humans, especially emotions that can be conflicting or “opposite” is something I’m intrigued by. The tension of holding both of those emotions in the same space, acknowledging them, facing them, and responding to them, is something I’ve found to be a common human experience that can be extremely vulnerable but leads to growth.

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