I’m Swedish-Ecuadorian and I left my native Ecuador at a young age to study in USA to later move to Norway, Sweden and South Korea, where I had the opportunity to continue my education while learning other languages. In 2009 I left the business world and a strong background in Project Management for a career in the Arts, moving to South Korea and enrolling in graduate school. In 2011 I earned a Master in Fine Arts with concentration in Oil Painting at Kyungsung University in Busan, South Korea with further two years studies in Printmaking. Between 2011 and 2016 I established a seaside studio in Busan while actively exhibiting in solo and collective shows locally and internationally at prestigious galleries and museums.
At the end of 2016 I moved to Houston where I currently have a studio while I’m also a member of the Burning Bones Press. Travelling between the Swedish countryside and the Ecuadorian coast for the holidays, I do studio work in both countries. My multidisciplinary practice often involves collaging several techniques into one artwork, gives me the flexibility to work from any location and contributes to career and personal balance. I also feel that my project management experience helps me to handle several projects at the same time and to deliver professionally.
My work has revolved around the female figure and individual identity, exploring the human condition, the fragility and resilience of life and narratives through a variety of media. Aiming to promote social change, I often utilize the human body as a format for discussing social and political issues such as gender equality and have exhibited in New York at Soho20 Chelsea Gallery and at the A.I.R. Gallery as well as at Koehnline Museum of Illinois in 2017, 2015 and 2013.
For me, significant exhibitions have been: “The Big Show 2017” in Houston curated by Toby Kamps, former curator at the Menil Collection, Hangaram Museum in Seoul, South Korea in 2014, Busan Biennale in 2012 and Art Busan in 2016, 2015 and 2014. I was invited by the Ecuadorian Embassy in the Republic of South Korea and they sponsored my VII Solo Exhibition in Busan: “When leaving becomes arriving” in 2016 prior to moving to Houston, Texas.
Printmaking and book arts have had a strong presence in my work in the last years. My artists’ books have been on exhibition at The Beaney Museum in UK in 2016, at Edward Hopper House of Art in New York for “Small Matters of Great Importance”, curated by Michelle Donnelly, Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York also in 2016 and at “Outside the Margin” at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in MD, USA juried by Doug Litts, head of the Smithsonian National Museum of American Art/National Portrait Gallery in 2014.
My work is part of the permanent collection of the Yukyung Museum 해금강테마박물관, Geogje, South Korea since 2017, the Artists’ Books and the Medical Humanities project (University of Kent) since 2016 and the Muzeul Judeţean de Artă Prahova “Ion Ionescu-Quintus”, Ploiești, Romania since 2015.
“Through my art I address the human condition, the female body, and the realms of spirituality in work spanning mediums from paintings and printmaking to installation, textiles and artist’s books. Focusing my work on women’s bodies and mind can seem very intimate but at the same time is universal. I want to invoke a universal humanity through the female experiences and stories and at the same time utilize the human body as a format for discussing social and political issues.
In book arts I use my own prints, papers, excerpts from antique books, antique objects and textiles that I collect in my travels.
Handwritten ink calligraphy scrolls that are several feet long are part of my meditative practice and I create installations with them. This process may reminds us of the Zen monks who in the early 1700’s drew Enzo circles as part of their meditation. I see it as a natural consequence of my spiritual journey in Asia, studying Zen Buddhist Philosophy (or Mindfulness). To increase my knowledge and experience I am currently learning and practicing in Houston tai chi and qigong.
Whit Altizer wrote on Bracket Art Magazine of Sep., 2014:
“The artist addresses philosophical, social, political, psychological and spiritual aspects of women, through work that incorporates a unique style with multiple techniques and materials, causing the spectator to pause and think about those aspects.”
“In a way, her work does feel like meditation. Her choice of colors, materials and subject have a meditative quality that forces you to focus on the work. They draw you into heavy issues through dreamlike scenes.”