"Walk into Sofia Enriquez’s Palm Springs apartment, and paint is the first thing you notice. It’s on the walls, on the floor, on the dress that reads “FEA” and hangs on a beige mannequin near the window. (“It’s OK to be ugly,” Enriquez says of the piece.) Art supplies pour out of crates that nearly reach the ceiling, for her job with the YMCA’s After School Education and Safety program where she teaches elementary and middle school students about art. In the opposite corner, a nearly finished painting tops a sheet hung on the wall, next to a rack of vintage clothes covered in her signature symbols.
Some know Enriquez as a muralist. Her piece, “Empowerment of Women,” on the side of Taqueria Arandas in Coachella features swirling paisley patterns and an array of female faces. Others know her as a teacher. In addition to her work with ASES, she brings lunchtime craft tables to girls at local middle schools through the Palm Springs Unified School District’s Lady Lead program, helps out with art shows and events for The Coachella Valley Art Scene and previously worked as an art educator for the Palm Springs Art Museum. Now an art handler at Heather James Fine Art, she took on an entirely different role in the public eye this spring: designer. She hosted her first fashion show featuring her clothing line, Es Mucho, in Palm Desert this March."
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