1970 - present
Photograph of Carolina Mayorga, courtesy of the artist
Place of Birth:
Drawings and prints, Multimedia (electronic, digital, video, film), Performance Art
, Sculpture, Textiles and clothing, Installation Art
Draftsperson, Installation Artist, Performance Artist, Printmaker, Sculptor, Textile Artist, Video Artist
Social issues related to my culture have always been the theme of my art: My culture related to Catholic rituals, the political situation of my native Colombia, issues of migration as a response to my bi-cultural experience of living in Colombia and the United States, and most recently, my perspective on the current global war that has shaped the beginning of the twenty-first century.
Many of these themes have resulted in sculpture/installation projects involving audience participation and the changing qualities of nature. I am also interested in sculpture that involves time as part of the concept and leaves no sign of existence after completion of the process. Latin American Hopscotch
, Mortal Journey I
, and Grass-clock
are some examples of such interests.
In 2003, I began a new body of work titled At War
. It started with a group of vinyl soldier silhouettes placed on the walls of galleries in Colombia and the United States. I believe war is what unites the world. The discourse on terrorism and the internationalization of countries’ local issues have inspired the idea of deploying these faceless and stereotyped soldiers to the different places I go. Later, they evolved into steel fabricated silhouettes, and were placed outdoors, first on the grounds of the Andres Institute of Art Sculpture Park in Brookline, NH, and then developed into an installation of ten steel soldier silhouettes titled Ambush
as part of the International Sculpture Symposium in September 2004. Ambush
now resides at the Kronan Sculpture Park in Lulea, Sweden.
The concepts that I express in my sculptures, also translate into a two-dimensional language in the form of drawings and monotypes where the white paper becomes a virtual space for the image.
Most recently I have been interested in video and computer generated art. Roaming Troops
is a video projection where troops confront the audience by wandering around in a relentless journey. This is the first of a series of pieces using this medium.
Statement courtesy of Carolina Mayorga
University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, USA (1998)
University of the Andes, Bogotá, Columbia (1994)
Young Talents Scholarship, Banco de la República, Bogotá, Columbia (1995)
Young Creators Grant, Department of Culture, Bogotá, Columbia (1992)