Born and raised in the Harbor Area, Marlene Tafoya will be the first in her immediate family to graduate college. In a couple of months she will be receiving her Bachelors Degree in Studio Art with an emphasis in photography. Not exclusive to photography, Marlene has found interest in moving image, screen-printing and mixed media. Her work explores various subject including identity, socio-economic status, and gender. Growing up with three brothers, she has always had to speak a little louder in order to make her voice heard. Now as a creative being she continues to have that same voice within her work.