My work reflects on resilience, which I understand as the ability to reinvent ourselves and overcome traumatic moments in our lives.
I have always believed that art is applied to everyday life, it generates models that provide new forms of self-knowledge and reflection. What I show now is a response of my research on resilience, divided into three stages: pain, self-love, and healing. Pain, as the breaking point, healing as the process and self-love as the result.
We constantly carry out this process in our passage through the world, and I consider the nature that surrounds us to be an example of this. I gave this the name of cyclical resilience. The images that I explore respond to the infinite possibilities of understanding these cycles, and that is why plants and language are a recurring theme in my work.
From the outside and from the inside out. I keep looking, and I keep finding.
Maria Paula Suarez is a Colombian artist, currently based in NYC, where she is pursuing her master's degree in Art Business at Sotheby's Institute of Art.
She has a bachelor's degree in visual arts from Universidad Javeriana, with an emphasis in plastic arts, and is certified as an illustrator by the School of Visual Arts in New York. She completed a pedagogy course at Harvard Online University as a leader of learning and currently explores the concept of resilience through mediums like pencil colors illustration and embroidery on paper.