Esperanza Gama

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Artist Statement:
At this point in my career, my mastery of the techniques that I have worked with allow me to give a clear and precise message to my audience. Currently, I am working in a ceramic workshop as well as continuing to work in my home studio on bark paper, painting with natural pigments, and also working on drawings of different dimensions. My work is part of the permanent collections at various museums, including the Snite Museum at Notre Dame University. I was awarded the Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz prize for visual artists in 2003 at the National Museum of Mexican Art. My work touches social issues relevant to many communities in this city. And even though my work has traveled far, I want reach out to my city, where I have lived and worked for 20 years.
Relationship to Chicago:
A visual artist’s language merges with the everyday life where one lives and Chicago is where I live. Everything about this city interests me, from its wide range of cultural events that can be enjoyed here to when people gather to march in support of various social causes. The latter is reflected in my work, for example, “Las monarcas,” a series about immigration, and this is a city of immigrants. Just like other cultures have enriched my visual language, I know the work of my last 20 years in this city is part of the artistic community of Chicago.
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Places Of Residency:
Mexico, France, Japan, United States.
Art Form:
Ceramics, Collage, Drawing, Illustration, Installation, Mixed Media, Painting, Printmaking, Sculpture.