Her Time by Mona Avalos

“I am thankful for my struggle because, without it, I wouldn’t have stumbled across my strength.” -alex elle

Sometimes the universe has a plan for us that we don’t understand, that we question, that can easily be misinterpreted. I have been living in that time for a few months now. During this difficult season, I found a moment to take time for me to focus on myself when I usually focus on others. Within that fragile space I took a moment to ask myself, ‘How do women go through life without pause, and when do they practice self-care?’

That question ignited an idea for my first photography series, Her Time. I knew that this project had the potential to be powerful and create an opportunity for women to remember the importance of self-preservation. I also knew that I wanted Her Time to be shared with the public, I just didn’t know how to create that avenue. And then a window opened. Last week I was accepted into the inaugural class of The Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment’s 202Creates Residency Program in Washington, D.C. For the next four months I will be working alongside 20 other local artists from all practices and will have the support I need in order to move this body of work forward. I am incredibly grateful for this moment in time and am finally starting to feel these wings of mine.