Tri-cities, TN | Sculpture, Mixed Media, Drawing, Sound, Installation
Vanessa Mayoraz received a BFA from the Haute Ecole d’Art et Design in Geneva, Switzerland and an MFA in Art and Public Spaces and New Artistic Strategies at the Bauhaus University Weimar in Germany. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally including Qui Vive! Young Artist Moscow Biennial, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Belgrade, Le Commun at the Building of Contemporary Art in Geneva, Switzerland, Chashama Gallery in New York City, The Gallery of the International Pavilion in Ulsan, South Korea and the DC Art Center in Washington DC, among others. She has been performing various workshops and lectures on subject such as « artist as archivist » and « contemporary art practices ». She is the recipient of a Pro-Helvetia national Swiss grant as well as a Swiss Cultural Program in the Western Balkan grant.
Through a series of multifaceted work I explore the boundaries between the personal and subjective, and the common and the shared to make visible the inherent fragility of the human system. My research takes the form of drawing, sculpture, installations, distributable piece, and public interventions that reflect current events. In my work I regularly work with mediums such as inks, pencil, charcoal sound, Plexiglas, Mylar, Styrofoam, microcontrolers, plants, soil, and seeds. Over time, the body of the observer and its participation has become increasingly important in my practice.