Concerns about the unexamined expansion of technology and the unrestrained use of natural resources inform my art practice and historical inquiry. This includes a scrutiny of the impact of technological innovations on labor migrations, colonial acts, and socio-cultural development. My work traces the creation of institutional and symbolic systems when different factions scramble for control, and the ways these systems contribute to or disrupt community relations. Specifically, I would like to identify who benefits and who suffers. To begin a dialogue regarding my concerns, I experiment with spatial structures combined with photographic imagery that become performance spaces for the public. Within these structures, the public enact and reflect upon their role as producers and consumers of culture and society. I reconsider space as subjective sites to be reclaimed for socio-political interaction and creative engagement. My approach to art comes from the perspective that our cultural environment shapes our socio-economic and political history and identity, but this perspective should not come to the detriment of the natural environment. As a human made product, culture can be unmade, and transformed for the welfare of circadian cycles and natural, biological systems.
Eloisa Guanlao is a multi-disciplinary artist and teacher in Alabama. She attended Carleton College, California State University in Long Beach, the University of New Mexico, and LACHSA for her art and art history training.