“My work is a constant romance with the Unknown”

Throughout her career, Peruvian-born American artist Grimanesa Amorós has harnessed the medium of light to create immersive monumental sculptures that engage visitors in contemplation of their cultural heritage, community, and relationship to technology. In the art of Amorós, the past is meeting the future.

Her childhood fascination with light began on the shores of her homeland in Lima. The tumultuous waters of the immense pacific ocean would create iridescent sculptural foam. Amorós sites watching bubbles deflate and inflate, as if breathing, for the formal decisions in her later work.

Describing her work as a “constant romance with the unknown”, Amorós first incorporated light into her practice following a fated trip to Iceland. While there, she saw the northern lights and realized the powerful ephemeral magic light held. She discusses light’s ability to transcend social and geographic boundaries “we all connect to light.”

Drawing upon critical cultural legacies and landscapes, Amorós is inspired by the communities she creates within. Installing and programming each piece on-site, direct interaction with the surrounding architecture is key to creating her work. “Ultimately, the piece connects the viewers, space, and light sculpture, merging them into one.”

jane farver writes, “A joyful and generous spirit, Amorós views her art as a gift to others.” Amoros has connected cultures and viewers through the medium of light in the United States, Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America as a guest speaker at TEDGlobal 2014 and as a part of the Art in Embassies Program of the US.

Amorós ha expuesto en Estados Unidos, Europa, Asia, Medio Oriente y América Latina. Fue oradora invitada en TED Global 2014, un destinatario de la 'Becas de becas de artes visuales NEA 1993 ', y tiene la distinción de ser parte de la 'Programa Arte en Embajadas de los EE.UU.' y la Beca de Beca del Capítulo NE del Instituto Civita.

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