Author Profile
Nicole Marroquin

Nicole Marroquin is an artist educator who explores spatial justice, belonging, and Chicago’s Latinx history through projects that decenter dominant narratives to address displacement and erasure. 




Over the course of fifty years Mata Ortiz Pottery became an outstanding artistic movement and one of the most relevant ceramic expressions in the world. But how did such a young pottery tradition emerge, seemingly from nowhere, and quickly evolve? The most popular narrative, the “single story” distilled from a larger, more complex narrative, involves only a few men. What follows is our history, the multi-layered narrative, as told by the people who have lived it.