Artist Statement

Through the course of time, human migration has changed the ways traditions are practiced. Cultures continuously grow. They shift and transform, becoming more diverse, often combining with other cultures with the emergence of new generations. My work focuses on how Mexican-American traditions are viewed across the borders and generations, through exploring my own cultural identity. By memorializing the shift in new and old traditions and seeking to create a sense of belonging, my work opens up a narrative for others who may feel disconnected or want to reconnect with their cultures. 

    My work relies on re-contextualizing objects, placing them in different environments. Exaggerating perspective and scale, I’m able to create dream-like narratives that reflect instability and change. I utilize traditional printmaking techniques because of the long process and ability to create variables. Using repeated imagery creates a metaphor for how traditions evolve and change through time, I explore emotion through obsessive mark making with line and texture.

Biography

Gisela Ramirez was born and raised in Escondido, CA. In 2020 she graduated from California State University Chico with a BFA in Printmaking and a BA in Art Education. She currently resides in LA and works as a production potter.

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