Fellow: Awarded 2021
Field of Study: Fine Arts
Competition: US & Canada
Diana Guerrero-Maciá works in the expanded fields of painting and textiles. She utilizes multiple materials with just enough craft to reconsider the field & form and question, when does painting end? Guerrero-Maciá samples and revises abstract forms such as grids, stripes, and symbols to engage with myth, color, and iconography. Her material palette includes hand dyed textiles, reclaimed quilts, clothing, wood, linens, and blankets. She transforms these materials into vibrant poetic abstractions, revealing market consumption, sustainability, and human experiences to reaffirm painting in all its expansiveness and elusiveness. Textiles are subject to migration. Dyes migrate within fields, and are exiled when they fade or bleed. Guerrero-Maciá’s artworks remind us that all conditions and taxonomies are impermanent, especially when peoples are exiled, and identities in flux.
Guerrero-Maciá is a Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her exhibitions include Kohler Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Art Pace San Antonio, Elmhurst Art Museum, and Crocker Museum of Art. She is a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation grantee, Illinois Artist Fellow, MacDowell Colony Fellow. She is alumnus of Skowhegan School of Painting & Drawing, Cranbrook Academy of Art, Penland School of Craft, and Villanova University.
Photo Credit: Frank Isham