A selection of paintings by Chicago-based artist Jeffly Gabriela Molina from Táchira, Venezuela. Molina received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016. Her work is inspired by stories of migration and daily life in the places she’s lived in Venezuela and the United States. “How One Becomes What One Is?” is a series of figurative and still life compositions. Both a question and a statement, the body of work is a reflection on Molina’s experience of home, family, and work:
“In these images, I represent people, rituals, and experiences that have shaped my life and identity. A group of single-object still lifes titled “Homemade Sculptures” specifically address what it feels like to create a home after many years of searching for one. Images of family members, ancestors and ghosts accompany a present that honors and wants to learn. Some of the family portraits refer to a distant time, a Venezuela of yesterday that today’s nostalgia transfigures.”
See more images from “How One Becomes What One Is?” below.