The PRPG gallery invited me to have an open studio of my little works and two large pieces. June is a warm and rainy time in Mexico City, and for me, any time of the year to stay in CDMX is ideal. It was the first time Kathryn traveled with me to CDMX, and it was special because it was Pride month. We also met up with our new friend and artist, Beth Fein we had fun going to the Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo and seeing many artworks, but I went specifically to see the Nan Golin exhibit Memory Lost (2019–21), an impressionistic slideshow of life witnessed through the experience of addiction. 

Artists Kathryn Mayo and Doug Winter laughing in front of the the El teatro de la ciudad Esperanza Iris Artist Doug Winter sitting in on a counter near small wooden framed artworks

The PRPG gallery show was isolating because I was in an upper gallery area, away from the main space. I enjoyed this area very much. The slow pace and the quiet ease of the night allowed me quality time with each curious person who walked up the stairs to meet me and see the work. The press came early, and a few photography bloggers too. Toward the end of the evening, a handful of young collectors stopped by and asked exciting questions about the project. One of them purchased a small nude study piece I hoped would not sell because I wanted to take it back home. The show was so much fun, and I met some of the best people, a few young collectors, and a couple of them I met up with when I returned in October.

A group of young art collectors listening to artist Doug Winter  Artwork hanging on a wooden wall in a wooden frame of an out of focus abstract nude figure

December 2021, at the PRPG gallery, is where I met my friend and painter, Ana López-Montes. After my exhibition she hosted a printmaking workshop in Roma, where I began working on a new project idea, mono printing onto my archival pigment prints to depict my visual impairment. I’m very new to printmaking and unsteady when making marks, but I felt my way through and started to create this new work.

Artist Ana López-Montes at a printing press smiling in Mexico City.

The PRPG gallery/residency and Mexico are over-stimulating to the point of a meltdown. As a neurodivergent person, I started to recognize these signs during my stay in residency, the show, and in certain situations on this trip. Kathryn helped me navigate and called out some of them to help minimize my struggles. Each time I stayed at the residency I had to leave PRPG and find a hotel room and decompress. As with most travel adventures, this show was a huge learning experience.

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