A Daughter and her Father serves as a space for Hernández to reflect on the relationship she has with her parents, more specifically her father. She gives us a glimpse into the dynamic through the most ordinary of circumstances—painting her room, a tedious, yet simple gesture that (if done) can speak volumes, and even help rebuild fractured bonds.
Hernández depicts a common struggle within Latin communities, where the similarities between a father and his daughter are not as often drawn.
“When people see my mom and I it's always been undeniable that we get along. With my dad it's always been a different story. As a Mexican-American woman, it's hard to admit that the stubbornness, and the nose, and the pessimist, are all a part of me as well, a part of me I cannot escape. This piece gave me the capability to step back and give my dad the room for grace, because without him where would I be. Without him, who would I be?” —A.H.
Growing up in McAllen, Texas, America has always been surrounded by color. From the cultural murals plastered all over the city, to a backyard filled with every flower of every color known to man. This colorful environment has shaped her into someone who wants to create feelings similar to those hues and tints that evoked so much within her; from her memories as a child, to her ongoing ever growing moments.