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Bound & Unbound IV
The 2017 Bound and Unbound IV international juried altered book exhibition artists.
I’m Swedish-Ecuadorian and moved to Houston, Tx. in January 2017 after 7 1/2 years of living and working in S. Korea. 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. I earned a MFA in Oil Painting at Kyungsung University in Busan, S. Korea with further studies in Printmaking. Between 2009 and 2016 I established a studio in Busan while I’ve been actively exhibiting in solo and collective shows locally and internationally.
Travelling between Sweden’s countryside and Ecuador coast for the holidays, I also 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 Beaney Museum, UK in 2016, Koehnline Museum of Illinois, USA in 2013 and 2015 and in S. Korea at Dream Forest Museum in Seoul in 2016, Hangaram Museum in Seoul in 2014, Busan Biennale 2012 and Art Show Busan from 2014 until 2016. Aiming to promote social change, I’ve also exhibited in NYC at Soho20 Chelsea Gallery and at the A.I.R. Gallery. Also, in 2016 the Ecuadorian Embassy in the Republic of Korea sponsored my VII Solo Exhibition in Busan, South Korea: “When leaving becomes arriving”.
My artists’ books have been on exhibition in 2016 at the Edward Hopper Art Center and Museum 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 my books have been shown in 2014 at“Outside the Margin” at Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in MD, USA which was juried by Doug Litts, head of the Smithsonian National Museum of American Art/National Portrait Gallery and in 2016 at “Prescriptions” at The Beaney Museum in Canterbury, UK.
My work is part of the permanent collection of the Muzeul Judeţean de Artă Prahova “Ion Ionescu-Quintus”, Ploiești, Romania since 2015 and of the Artists’ Books and the Medical Humanities project (University of Kent) since 2016.
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.””