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Last chance "Finding Identity" Exhibition

Artist Jen. Irias Solo Exhibition at idiomART. Show ends on February 28.

(idiomART was voted "Best Art Gallery 2020)

Artist Statement:

Finding Identity

Although migration allows people to create new lives and find new work, migrants also experience stresses that impact their emotional wellbeing, interrupting cultural norms, religious customs, and social support systems. Migrants must, in adjusting to new cultures, redefine identity and accept selves that inevitably evolve.

Identity clearly impacts how we view ourselves as unique from others. But race, culture, and ethnicity also affect identity, especially in the wake of migration and acculturation, since it is through both memory and new experience that the self evolves.

In this exhibit, I use my memories, immigrant experiences, and religious views to explore exactly this process, a journey I imagine in both paintings and linocuts. I use a palette of bold, primary colors that are complemented by solid, cold ones. These create geometric forms that explore how memory and migration have affected who I am still becoming. At the same time, the universality of my images will also speak to viewers from other cultural contexts. In this way, larger audiences can appreciate how my art might echo their own memories and articulate parts of their own evolving identities.

"We are our memories, we are that chimeric museum of inconstant forms, a collection of broken mirrors."
- Jorge Luis Borges

Artist Bio:

Jen. Irias was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in 1989. Her curiosity about art—specifically color and drawing—was first awakened during her childhood when she visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

​Irias works have been exhibited in collective and individual exhibitions in Honduras at the Museum of National Identity, the Honduran Institute of Inter-American Culture, the Cultural Hall of Banco Atlántida, the Honduran Institute of Hispanic Culture, the Honduras Maya Hotel, and at the Waves of Art Gallery in Roatán. Her art has also been exhibited in Miami, Florida.

Friday, February 28, from 10 AM to 3 PM, free, idiomART is located at Presidente Córdova 1-77 between Manuel Vega and Miguel Angel Estrella, in el Centro, Cuenca.