April 4, 2023 - July 21, 2023 Trace
Color etching, 2022
Mariceliz Pagán Gómez is interested in the relationship between artistic and biological processes and their relation to the human experience. She uses a scientific method of inquiry to investigate her own art as a living organism, dissecting it in various ways through printmaking, drawing, and sculpture.
Moving from Puerto Rico to Iowa, her artwork has transformed and mutated from the drastic environmental changes she has experienced; Iowa unveiled foreign natural specimens and structures. This has prompted her to explore the morphology of these objects and create iterations and hybridizations of them. Through collecting and intermittent field studies, Mariceliz reflects upon emotions of displacement and coping mechanisms created when moving to a different place. These mechanisms exist through the process of exploration that amalgamates her experiences in these two distinct places.