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Fall 2016 Competition:



3rd Place Winner

60 x 60 in
2500. usd

artist statement

Concerns about the unexamined expansion of technology and the unrestrained use of natural resources inform my art practice and historical inquiry.  This includes a scrutiny of the impact of technological innovations on labor migrations, colonial acts, and socio-cultural development.  I reconsider space as subjective sites to be reclaimed for socio-political interaction and creative engagement.  My approach to art comes from the perspective that our cultural environment shapes our socio-economic and political history and identity, but this perspective should not come to the detriment of the natural environment.  As a human made product, culture can be unmade, and transformed for the welfare of circadian cycles and natural, biological systems.

Aves, the one hundred sewn birds, are relics of my two daughters’ early childhood because they are made out of materials from their outgrown clothes.  They are also a relic of family hiking and camping trips when natural history is observed or collected in the form of discovered fossils, feathers, flora, or deteriorated animal bones or carcass.  As both an artist and a mother, it becomes a personal challenge for me to involve my daughters in my work, and the non-fragility of the “stuffed” birds agree tremendously well with my toddler’s playing method.    

artist bio

Eloisa Guanlao is a multi-disciplinary artist, teacher, and scholar in California.  She attended Carleton College in Minnesota, California State University in Long Beach, and the University of New Mexico for her art and art history training.  Guanlao exhibits nationally and internationally

Eloisa Guanlao.

eloisa guanlao
San Diego, California [USA]

art scene today Q & A

Q: Where do you see yourself in the art scene today?
A: My projects keep me occupied in the studio and engaged with the public.  I am grateful for the past few years, which have been generous in terms of exhibitions and grants.
Q: What is in your inspiration?
A: History, historiography, world events, and the natural world occupy my thoughts and actions.   
Q: What are your challenges?
A: In my role of artist as producer, I bear in mind how my mode of production stays consistent with the problem I am tackling. The strategy I use when producing artwork aims to contribute critically to environmental justice without reproducing empty symbolic gestures.  I also try to involve my daughters in my work.  
Q: How did you/do you choose your medium?
A:   I try to use recycled or sustainable materials.
Q: Which artist has influenced you the most?
A: Mary Kelly, Hans Haacke, Robert Morris, John Heartfield and Adrian Piper currently influence my work 

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