Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Interviewed by Stacia Yeapanis Through Other People Pixels

Other People’s Pixels (OPP) is a artist-based company that offers affordable exposure to artists. They offer a user friendly interface for artists to create their websites. OPP has a Blog with interviews with outstanding artists who host their websites through OPP.

In Spring I got an interview with Stacia Yeapanis for the OPP blog. She is an artist, educator, and writer. I am very honored to have been interviewed by her. This interview was very interesting because I got to question myself more deeply about my choices, process, and my work.


I am very thankful and delighted for this interview!

Monday, June 08, 2015

Artist In Residence at ACRE

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I am getting ready to be an artist in residence at ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) in Steuben, WI. This is going to be my first artist residency outside of Chicago. I can’t wait to have 100% of my day just making art!!!

ACRE is a “volunteer-run non-profit based in Chicago devoted to employing various systems of support for emerging artists and to creating a generative community of cultural producers.” Out of the 730 applications they received, ACRE offered spots to 80 artists.

I am looking forward to expanding my video performance pieces, such as the project “Dancing Salsa 1 / Bailando Salsa 1,” into an outdoor environment in Wisconsin’s quiet landscape of hills and green open fields. In addition, I will be working on my embroideries.



Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Epri In the Collection of Solita Mishaan



I am absolutely ecstatic to be part of Solita Mishaan collection. As a Colombian artist that lives and works in Chicago, it is an honor to be recognized by by her.  Solita Mishaan saw my embroidery work during ArtBo 2014. She visited the exhibition El cambio de todo lo que permanence, curated by Jaime Cerón, for the Artecámara division in ArtBO 2014 in Bogota, Colombia.


Solita Mishaan is a fundamental figure in contemporary Latin American Art. As a collector she has invested in Colombian art for many years, and she is the director of the non-profit Fundación MISOL para las Artes in Bogotá. Most recently she won the first prize, 1mer Premio Iberoamericano de Mecenazgo, from the Wealth Advisory Services for the Arts during the art fair ARCO Madrid. In addition, as described in the Artsy website, she is a Member of Latin American and Caribbean Fund, MOMA; trustee of Miami Art Museum (MAM); founding member of the acquisitions committee of Latin American art at Tate London; International Friend of Museo Del Prado, Madrid.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Gallery Representation


I am a featured artist at the gallery Otros 360º. My work will be represented through this gallery only in Colombia.




Otros 360 grados is run by the wonderful galerist team of Angela Royo and Iliana Hoyos. Currently they have of two of my pieces: Neh-moh-KON, Boh-goh-TA- ee- Meh-deh-DJEEN, and Ah-moor.




I will be part of a group show in August that will have artists from Argentina, Chile, and Colombia. The show will take place in the beautiful space of Otros 360 grados in Bogota, Colombia.












Wednesday, February 04, 2015

Document Exhibition at Woman Made Gallery



Machera Series 5. Woman Made Gallery. Photo by Scott Carter. 2015


I got invited by Jessica Cochran to perform the Machera Series 5 during the opening of “Document” exhibition at Woman Made Gallery. It was an extraordinary way to start the new year 2015. My friend and performer Liliana Castellanos and I have noticed that the Machera Series varies every time. The viewer makes it different. It is quite interesting to see that when we performed salsa and merengue, music that makes your body shake, a few viewers try to clap or dance but they notice that others viewers are not doing it too, they stop. It is evident that the performance faces three cultures: South American, North American, and art gallery.



Machera Series 5. Woman Made Gallery. 2015. 
Photo by Scott Carter


This installment was very special because is the first exhibition at Woman Made Gallery with its new director Claudine Isé and Manager Sydney Stoudmire, who used to be the coordinator. They were very supportive and enthusiastic about the performance.



Machera Series 5. Woman Made Gallery. 2015. 
Photo by Scott Carter

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Neh-moh-kon-ee-Boh-goh-ta lives in Europe


My piece Neh-moh-kon-ee-Boh-goh-ta is part of a private collection in Berlin, Germany.

 Neh-moh-kon-ee-Boh-goh-ta. Embroidery. 52 inch x 41 inch. 2014


Thursday, November 20, 2014

ArtBo The International Art Fair Of Bogotá 2014


I had a wonderful experience in ArtBo, the International Art Fair of Bogota 2014. I got selected for the show El cambio de todo lo sue permanence curated by Jaime Cerón Silva in the Artecámara section in ArtBo. This is a division of the Chamber of Commerce in Bogotá -Camara de Comercio de Bogotá- that supports emerging artists, in this case by showing their work and give them exposure in this commercial venue. Part of their goal is to “strengthen the bonds between the arts and business scene,” as they say in their website.  



Photo by CCB / Julián Tellez

The way that I got selected was by applying to the ArteCámara website’s call for artists. The work that I applied with is called Talk To Me / Háblame, a collections of embroideries that celebrate the diversity of places where my family has migrated, the languages related to these places, and the memory that has been passed from generations. In them the latitude and longitude of different places are used to map the migration. The pieces’s titles are made using a pronunciation guide for English speakers. This guide allows them to pronounce the titles in perfect Spanish. For example:

              Ah-moor: represents the word “love / amor”.
              Boh-goh-tah ee Chicago: represents the word “home / hogar”.
              Fah-mee-li-ah: represents the word “ family / familia”.


The embroideries are made by hand and machine. Every embroidery has lips that correspond to the movement of the mouth saying a word in Spanish and every set of lips represents a syllable or a vowel sound of these words.


 

It was the 10th year anniversary of ArtBo and Artecámara. I am ecstatic to have had this opportunity. It opened many doors for me that I didn’t expect. I got to meet many talented curators, artists, gallerists, collectors, installation experts and interesting people around the globe. Two italian collectors were very impressed and wanted to buy the entire collection, all three embroideries! My work got outstanding exposure and now my embroideries live in the gorgeous country of Italy.