La Cuquita Equivocada y de lo que te Salvaron!
toilet paper, cardboard, newspaper on canvas - 30"x48"
In Communist Cuba, toys were difficult to come by and Liset, like many other children, played with paper dolls called cuquitas. Cuquitas were cut out from the back cover of foreign magazines and due to the absence of "art supply" many Cubans used the dolls to make top decorations for Quiceañera's birthday cakes. These cake-doll dresses made from rolled toilet paper are representative of the scarcity and lack of resources Cubans endured under Communism, including food.
In the piece, Liset's daughter wears a toilet paper dress to honor the grandparents who had the foresight and courage to leave all that was familiar so that their descendants could see a free future, where toilet paper, most of the time, is just that, toilet paper; thus part of the tittle is, 'what they saved you from.'
Liset used the selfie style picture taken while her daughter shopped for a prom dress to reassert that the purchase of that dress was possible thanks to her grandparents risk taking and bravery.