As a Filipina-Canadian, born in Saudi Arabia, I think about narratives of migration that complicate the Filipino identity and inform the Filipino Diaspora. I work between painting and computer-aided design programs, using my family's homes as the basis for my digital drawings. These drawings are then translated into paintings. They're not recreations but, rather, alternative third spaces. These paintings aren't fixed. They're sometimes paired, grouped, re-positioned, or altered to become hybrids. With purpose-built, wooden supports, the paintings are taken off the wall and transformed again. These supports hold space and provide alternative ways of looking.
Oil on unprimed linen folded on birch wood support, unframed
7.5" x 12"
About the Artist
Ella Gonzales is a Filipina-Canadian artist working between painting and Computer-Aided Design programs, as led by her interest in space making. Her paintings and installations are inspired by narratives of migration that inform the Filipino Diaspora. She has recently completed her Master of Fine Arts Degree in Studio Art at the University of Guelph.