Lincoln, NE, US
I am currently creating a visual novel comprised of paintings, sculptures, objects and mixed media that together and in different voices weave a synchronicity of dialogues, passages, punctuations, silences about hybridity and cultural ownership. It is a multi-narrative novel about cultural memory, migration and the pursuit of the American dream. Formally, these images are anchored in Minimalism as a dominant ideological umbrella. They are then intertwined, intersected, to make narratives that describe lives of spiritual and physical transit.
My art is a bicultural and transcultural experience; it speaks of difference, of opposites. Having grown up in Colombia and having migrated to the US as an adult. I make art in two languages about the curious and intense experience of physically having migrated, yet having a piece of myself remains rooted in Colombia. I create visual expressions of the syncretism of dominant and non-dominant art forms that have taken place since the conquest of the Americas and that get replicated in the migration experience.
Anchored in feminism, my art is infused by American and Colombian cultural forms that are dominant or subordinate. My formal and theoretical sources include: The Colombo-Colonial botanical illustrations by Jose Celestino Mutis, painted in the XVIII century and Spanish Colonial painting; the prints of Audubon and Mark Catesby; the lace and crochet, real or taken from Spanish Colonial paintings but also from the Pattern and Decoration Movement, and Minimalism as the patriarchal and dominant landscape where my visual novel unfolds.