Opening Reception: Saturday, September 10 from 5pm to 7pm
The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) collaborates with local artist Carolina Mayorga to present its inaugural Gallery Residency. Mayorga will be presenting a series of works on paper, including a site-specific drawing created live in the CHAW Gallery in the weeks leading up to the Saturday, September 10th opening reception. CHAW is thrilled to provide this unique opportunity to engage directly with the artist and art-making process in its welcoming and open space for discourse, as well as supporting innovative artists in continuing their creative development.
Carolina Mayorga has exhibited her work nationally and internationally for the last 20 years. A Colombian-born and naturalized American citizen, she has had one-person exhibitions in Colombia, Mexico, at the University of Kansas and in the Washington D.C. area. She has also participated in group exhibitions in Europe, Central and South America, and numerous cities of The United States.
Her work is represented in public and private collections across the country and internationally and has been reviewed in publications in Colombia, Sweden, Spain and the United States including articles in The Washington Post and The Washington City Paper, among others. Some of Mayorga’s public artworks are recognizable across the city, including the most recent sculpture, CHAWmper, located on the intersection of 7th and G St. SE, as part of the Capitol Hill Alphabet Animal Art Project funded by the DC Department of Transportation and administered by Capitol Hill Arts Workshop.
Throughout her career, Mayorga has received several scholarships, grants and awards. As recent as last year, she was awarded an Artist Fellowship by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and was selected by Transfomer Gallery of Washington, DC to pursue artistic research travels in Paris. Mayorga received a BFA in Art and Textiles from Universidad de los Andes, Bogotá, Colombia and a MFA in sculpture from the University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas. She has been teaching drawing and sculpture to children and adults at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop for the last 12 years.
Mayorga’s Artist Statement:
“My work addresses issues of social and political content. These themes often translate into site-specific installations and multimedia pieces including video, performance art, photography and drawing. I have always had an interest in insects. My studies of their anatomy, behaviors and habitats have resulted in series of drawings, video works and site-specific installations with references and interpretations that go beyond the animal kingdom: In a series of drawings on canvas titled Warriors, 2008, a line of beetles, flies and flees reference war. For the site-specific installation Infestation, 2013, I invaded the former Artisphere building in Rosslyn, VA with approximately 1500 vinyl ants to comment on issues of migration.
Most recently I’ve been working on Pink: The Art of Infatuation and Embellishment, a multimedia project that comments on ethnicity, gender and the role that aesthetics and beauty play in popular culture. The project also responds to my obsession with pink, a beautifying agent that applied to skin, objects and creatures provides value, social acceptance and emotional gratification. Installments of this project include a video-installation based on reactions to issues of war and violence titled La Vie en Rose, 2015 and a series of vignette-style videos, drawings and manipulated photographs inspired by recent artistic research travels to Paris and Colombia.
For the third installment of this project, I am presenting a series of house fly drawings, which includes my largest drawing to date, a 10ft x 12ft site-specific pink fly that will spend its entire life at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. The project comments on stereotyped views of beauty and identity by providing the audience with an aesthetically pleasing experience of one of the most undesirable yet familiar insects in the world. The drawings are also inspired by my experience of teaching drawing for CHAW’s children and adult programs.”
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop is located at 545 7th St. SE. The CHAW Gallery is free and open to the public, and can be accessed at any time during CHAW business hours. For more information, call CHAW at (202) 547-6839, or visit: https://www.chaw.org/event-created/month.