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Artist Erika Romero
Suwon-Si, Gyeonggi-Do, Texas, Korea South
I was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, moved to San Antonio, Texas and grew up between both places.I have a MFA from University of California in Davis, a BFA and minor in Art History from University of Texas in San Antonio. I became an artist because I needed to voice my mind, in a visual form. My other job is working as an English teacher at EWHA ALS Academy, in South Korea.
I research about light and shadow affecting human perception in painting. As I make sculptures to served as models, I began to address the relationship between painting and object by utilizing both in an installation space. Hyper-realistic one-point perspective paintings are derived from such objects, and compete with the installed objects to challenge viewers perception of what is real.
I have chosen to eliminate color, non-essential forms, and features—allowing only variations of white, simple geometric forms, and shadows to enact these illusions. In the installation the perceptual boundary between object and image become indistinguishable, and as such they become one and the same.
People perception between existing and fictitious shadows is interesting and amused to observe. Some touch the paintings not trusting their eyes. Others blocked the light hitting the sculptures, trying to figured out if the shadows were painted.I like to take long walks around the city, listening to music. I enjoy watching Korean dramas and Japanese animations.