On the occasion of her solo exhibition The Feminist Divine at SCAD MOA, artist Gisela Colón shares the personal experiences and art historical influences behind her dazzling, large-scale sculptures. Informed by the natural world and the rich biodiversity of her home island of Puerto Rico, Colón’s work invokes the concept of the “divine feminine” as a method of creating space for underrepresented peoples. The artist’s sculptures, while sleek and reductive, refuse the stasis and rigidity of structure typical of her Minimalist predecessors, embracing the transformative and transcendent.
About the artist
Gisela Colón (b. 1966, Vancouver, Canada) has exhibited internationally at venues throughout the U.S., Europe, and the Middle East including Desert X AlUla, Saudi Arabia; Frieze Sculpture, London; and the Pyramids of Giza, Egypt. Colón’s work was included in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art’s historic survey exhibition Light, Space, Surface, which traveled to the Addison Gallery of American Art, Andover, Mass., and the Frist Art Museum, Nashville, Tenn. In 2022, continuing the expansion of her practice into the realm of land art, and as part of the exhibition Godheads — Idols in Times of Crises, Colón will embed a monumental work within the Lustwarande, a baroque forest in Tilburg, Netherlands. Colón will also present a large-scale site-specific public art project in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in fall 2022. Colón’s work is held in the permanent collections of LACMA; the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, Calif.; Pérez Art Museum Miami; Mint Museum, Charlotte, N.C.; Palm Springs Art Museum, Calif.; Grand Rapids Museum of Art, Michigan; and the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, Mo., among others. Colón attended the University of Puerto Rico (B.A., economics, magna cum laude, 1987) and Southwestern University School of Law (J.D., 1990). Raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the artist lives and works in Los Angeles.