The work of Lucia Enriquez is influenced by immigration, cultural studies, family history and the transformative effect of being in nature. Finding her own agency as an individual artist while acknowledging the past and the pressure of society drives her curiosity. Art for her is a way of looking for meaning in a rapidly changing world.
Trained as a printmaker using traditional materials, Lucia now includes digital painting in her arsenal. The painting application she uses is able to depict accidental passages of time — the paint drip, depth from the layering effect of transparent colors, traces left over from partial erasure. Other applications emulate particle interactions and another creates wave forms. These features enable her to do work that evoke journeys and the mysteries of nature and dream.
She has delved in the last few years into pre-colonial Philippine culture, beliefs, stories and world view. In her work you might see glyphs from a writing system indigenous to the Philippines that was banished during the 300-year Spanish occupation, but has been recovered in recent decades. The glyphs act as characters in themselves, or elements that take on roles in the landscape. Her compositions also derive particular energy from the desires and emotions of creatures and characters from indigenous Philippine fables and myths
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Born and raised in the Philippines until a teenager, I now live in beautiful Skagit County in Washington state. My work has won awards and has been shown in various galleries and museums in the Seattle area, in Western Washington and around the country. Recent exhibits include the Jansen Art Center in Lynden, WA, Tieton 10x10x10 and Allied Arts in Bellingham. I will be participating in an upcoming show about climate change at the Museum of Northwest Art in LaConner, WA, where each piece will be a collaboration between and artist and a scientist.
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