"I am overjoyed by what takes place in the streets, the burst of energy that runs through my body, every time I work there. I've realized that I have decided to locate my practice in the most exciting and the most menacing area of any metropolis; it's a space where great or dreadful things might occur, but it is also the place where I feel the most universal and the most leveling, away and freed from the material things that belong to me."
For many years, painter, sculptor, installation, and cultural promoter artist Blanka Amezkua explored the power images evoke and inform psychological experiences. Amezkua used techniques regarded as traditional and domestic in her practice, primarily embroidery and crochet; employing them to address cultural and gender issues; in a complex intersection of domestic practices, popular culture and aesthetic splendor. Her point of reference was the female iconography depicted in Mexican adult comic books.
In 2008 her studio practice was transformed and nurtured by initiating the Bronx Blue Bedroom Project. Since then, in addition to creating her own work, she finds herself willingly entwined in outdoor collaborative artistic projects. In this spirit, she initiated 3///3...three walls on wednesdays... in 2010 and 8 to 8: State of Creative Emergency in 2012.
Directly related to her collaborative outings, she began performing actions, which she calls "Creative Laboring: Working Outside" ( CL : WO). These are brief creative aesthetic laborings in the public sphere to be seen by passerbys. In addition to her CL : WOs, her multifaceted artistic practice has drawn her interest to the physicality and importance of corners in space (internal and external), with the presence/absence of other forms.
Artist Bio / CV
Blanka Amezkua was formally trained as a painter, studying in Florence, Italy and received her B.A. from California State University Fresno. Her work and projects have been shown in the United States, Mexico, Belgium and Greece at MoMA-P.S.1, Exit Art, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, El Museo del Barrio, Queens Museum of Art, Towson University, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts in San Francisco, Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana (MACLA), Casa John Spencer, and The Taller Boricua, among others.
Recipient of the BRIO award from the Bronx Council on the Arts in 2007, Blanka began an artist-run project in her bedroom called the Bronx Blue Bedroom Project (BBBP) in 2008. In 2010, BBBP's two-year trajectory was included in several shows in New York City. The first was Greater New York: 5 Year Review at MoMA-PS 1 and Alternative Histories at Exit Art.
That same year, she moved to Greece and began 3///3 ...three walls on wednesdays... as an open invitation for artists from any point of the globe to exhibit their work on three portable walls that she carried and placed throughout the city.
In 2012 she initiated 8 to 8: State of Creative Emergency an opportunity for artists and creative minds of any field, to craft and idea and present it in public space for twelve hours straight.
Mentions of her work and projects are included in the New York Times, TimeOut, Daily News, Art21:blog, athinorama, Athens News, Queens Chronicle, International Museum of Women, WNYC, as well as other publications. She lives and works between Cuernavaca (Mexico), Athens (Greece) and New York City (USA).