I’m a Swedish-Ecuadorian interdisciplinary artist. I moved to Houston, Texas at the end of 2016 after seven and a half years of living and working in South Korea, where I established a seaside studio between 2009 and 2016. 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 and learn other languages. In 2011 I earned a Master in Fine Arts with concentration in Oil Painting at Kyungsung University in Busan, South Korea with further studies in Printmaking. Since then I’ve been actively exhibiting in solo shows in South Korea as well as in collective shows in major biennials, galleries and museums around the world.
Travelling between the Swedish countryside and the Ecuadorian coast for the holidays, I do studio work in both countries.
Through my work I address the human condition, the female body, and the realms of spirituality in work spanning mediums from paintings and printmaking to installation and textiles.
Significant exhibitions have been at: “The Big Show” in Houston curated by Toby Kamps, former curator at the Menil Collection in 2017, Hangaram Museum in Seoul, South Korea in 2014, Busan Biennale in 2012 and Art Show Busan in 2016, 2015 and 2014. The Ecuadorian Embassy in the Republic of Korea invited me and sponsored my VII Solo Exhibition in Busan, South Korea: “When leaving becomes arriving” in 2016 prior to moving to Houston, Texas.
Aiming to promote social change, I’ve 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 focusing on gender equality.
Printmaking and bookbinding 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 same year for “Small Matters of Great Importance”, curated by Michelle Donnelly, Curatorial Fellow at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York 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 and textiles. Focusing my work on women’s bodies and mind can seem very intimate but at the same time is universal.
Printmaking and bookbinding have had a strong presence in my work in the latest years as I embrace the complexity of printed art. There’s a spiritual power in the process of printing and repetition, like saying a mantra. At the same time I see printing as equal partner with other mediums. When selecting materials, it’s about the medium that best expresses my narratives both formally and conceptually.
In bookbinding I use papers and textiles I collect in my travels as well as hand-sewed prints and excerpts from antique books. I also incorporate calligraphy ink scripts that are several meters long and that I make as part of my meditative practice. This process reminds me of Zen monks who in the early 1700’s drew Enzo circles as part of their meditation. After moving to Asia in 2009 I became interested in the study of ‘Zen Buddhist Philosophy’ (or Mindfulness) and its practice influenced my work. 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.””