Reception: Saturday, October 20 from 5pm to 7pm
The NoMa BID is excited to announce another art installation opening at their latest Lobby Project installation. Carolina Mayorga’s Pink Infestation will open on October 20th with a reception, artist remarks, and light refreshments. You won’t want to miss it! They’ll also have some interactive elements and drawing activities for attendees of all ages!
Read Carolina Mayorga’s Statement of Intent:
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 La Vie en Rose, a solo video-installation based on reactions to issues of war and violence presented at the Anacostia Arts Center in 2015 and PINK Cycle, a site-specific drawing installation presented at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop in 2016 which included my largest drawing to date, a 10ft x 12ft site-specific pink fly among others.
PINK Infestation at NoMa will comment on issues of migration while providing the audience with an aesthetically pleasing experience of one of the most undesirable yet familiar infestations. Drawing, my choice of media for this project is also inspired by my experience of teaching drawing for children and adults for more than 15 years.
Future installments of my investigation of the color pink include PINK Ranchos and Other Ephemeral Zip Codes, my first Museum exhibition at the Art Museum of the Americas of the Organization of American States in Washington, DC, February 2019.
Colombian-born and naturalized American, has exhibited her work nationally and internationally for the last 18 years. Her work is part of national and international collections and has been reviewed in publications in South America, Europe and the US. Mayorga has received several awards and scholarships throughout her career and has been recognized by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities with fellowships and commissioned projects that have contributed to the landscape of the city. Mayorga received a BFA in Art and Textiles in Bogotá, Colombia and a MFA in sculpture from The University of Kansas. The artist lives and works in Washington, DC. For more information visit: http://carolinamayorga.com/
The work is displayed in the lobby at 1200 First St. NE.