Absolutely Chicana is a work about identity constructed to face a hostile environment for women and for Chicana’s in the 1950’s. It is derived from a photograph taken of me in 1973 by Donna Deitch for what I believe was the first exclusively “Chicana” show in Los Angeles called Las Venas de la Mujer. Each of the four women created a different aspect of the roles Chicana’s played in life (Judith Hernandez, Olga Munoz, Isabel Castro,Josephina Quezada). I took the “Pachuca” as they were so prevalent in my adolescent life in Pacoima ruling the schoolyard and neighborhood. They were uncompromising, unafraid and “Absolutely Chicana.” The image is of me as the Pachuca was created as part of performance in which I transformed myself into the Pachuca via a mirror on the vanity table. Behind the mirror was the Chicana Triptych called the Tres Marias now a part of the Smithsonian Latino Treasures Collection. The image seems relevant again in the current climate of Chicana/o identity ambivalence.