Approved: 31.01.2014

Maru Rojas

Artist, Community worker, Gallery educator, Teacher, Writer

Approved: 31.01.2014

Maru Rojas (1982, Mexico City) makes drawings, media art, installations and conceptual writings. By taking daily life as subject matter while commenting on the everyday aesthetic of life, Rojas often creates work using creative game tactics. Play is a serious matter: during the game, different rules apply than in everyday life and even everyday objects undergo transubstantiation. Her drawings are characterised

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Biography

Maru Rojas (1982, Mexico City) makes drawings, media art, installations and conceptual writings. By taking daily life as subject matter while commenting on the everyday aesthetic of life, Rojas often creates work using creative game tactics. Play is a serious matter: during the game, different rules apply than in everyday life and even everyday objects undergo transubstantiation. Her drawings are characterised by the use of everyday objects in an atmosphere of middleclass mentality in which recognition plays an important role. Her works focus on the inability of language to visualise reality, the attempt of dialogue, the dissonance between form and content, text and image and the dysfunctions of language. Transformed into art, language becomes an ornament. At that moment, ambiguity and indistinctnesses, which are inherent to the phenomenon, come to the surface. Her works demonstrate how life extends beyond its own subjective limits and often tells a story about the effects of global cultural interaction. It challenges the binaries we continually reconstruct between Self and Other, between our own ‘cannibal’ and ‘civilized’ selves. Maru Rojas currently lives and works in London. * Although this statement does in a way summarise my work it was "written" using an artist statement generator that can be found here (http://500letters.org) and should not be taken literally.

CV & Education

EDUCATION

2010 – 2012

MFA Art Writing. Goldsmiths College, London

Recepient of Goldsmiths International Scholarship
*FONCA Scholarship for postgraduate studies abroad
*Jumex Foundation grant

2010

Contemporary Art Training – Visions of Art

Online Diploma – The Triumph of Painting – The derived advancement of the Painterly beyond other Medias.

2004-2008

BA Fine Arts. Universidad de las Américas, Puebla, México

1st degree, Magna Cum Laude

2005-2006
Exchange Programme. History of Art. University College London, UK

1998 – 2001

Alexander Bain School. IB Diploma, Mexico

 

WORK EXPERIENCE (FACILITATION & GALLERY EDUCATION)

Name of the programme or setting in italics, then name of the company in brackets. 

From Jan 2014:

Adobe Youth Voices Mentor (Eastside Trust)

Pathways Programme, Towner Gallery in Eastbourne

Jan 2013 – Nov 2014

Orchard Primary School (Bigfoot Arts Ed.)

Barking Riverside School (Eastside Trust)

Hilldene, Romford (Eastside Trust)

Sept 2010 –  May 2012

Lonesome Primary (Bigfoot Arts Ed.)

May 2012

Youth Offending Team: Lead artist (Creative Junction)

August 2011

Newport Primary School, Lead artist (Ape Media)

September 2011
Youth Offending Team: Emerging artist collaborator (Creative Junction)

January – July 2010
GCSE Art Teacher (YESS London pupil referral unit)

April – July 2010
Belvedere Infant School (Bigfoot Arts Ed.)

April – July 2009
Youth Programmes Internship (Orleans House Gallery)

2006 – 2008
Art Teacher (Montessori Cholloyan School)

 

Exhibitions

2014

July 2014

Diep & Newhaven Ferry (collaboration with George Major)

June 2014

Camaradas, Mexican Embassy (collaboration with George Major)

 

2013

July 2013

Now Wakes The Sea, Kinsale Arts Festival, Ireland

 

2012

December 2012

National Open, Motorcade Flash Parade, Bristol, UK

 

July 2012

Language Most Makes a man, speak that I may see thee…, Goldsmiths Postgraduate Show, London

 

2011

July 2011

Summer Salon, collective exhibition, IAF Islington Arts Factory, London

 

June 2011
And there it was… collective event, Chisenhale Gallery, London

 

May 2011
Tick the Box: Exploring the Intricacies of Categorisation, Southside Shopping Centre, Wandsworth, London

Tick the Box: Part 2, Sprout Gallery, London

 

2010

August 2010

Contemporary Art of the Central Mountains of Mexico, Turchin Centre, University of Boone, North Carolina, US (Collaboration with artist Paola Montoya)

 

May 2010
How Beautiful Ugliness Is, Red Gate Gallery, London
 

2009

December 2009

9th Encounter of Contemporary Art, Museum of Contemporary Art and Design, Puebla, Mexico. Selected in the bidimensional category, highly commended

 

2008

June 2008

Memoria Pixel, La Luz de la Nevera, UDLA, Mexico
 

2007

June 2007

Heráclito (544-484 a.c), Galeria Sitio 3, Puebla, México

 

March 2007
Topografías, La Luz de la Nevera, UDLA, Mexico
 

 

COMMISSIONS & RESIDENCIES

October 2013 - November 2013

Bundanon Trust, Australia

UNESCO/Aschberg Artist in Residence

August 2013

Aabenraa Artweek

Residency in public spaces

July 2013
A-N Interface Writing Bursary
Neo:art prize, Bolton

October 2011 – March 2012
Whitechapel Gallery, Seminar Series
Art Writing is an anthology of examples

June 2012
A-N Interface Writing Bursary
Quarantania, John Hansard Gallery

January 2012
A-N Interface Writing Bursary
In collaboration with Peckham Space

July 2011
A-N Interface Writing Bursary
Catherine Yass at De La Warr Pavillion

October 2010 – May 2011
Wandsworth Arts Team
Diversity Commission

September 2010 – June 2011

Chisenhale Gallery, And There it Was...

 

WRITING & PUBLICATIONS

September 2013, Axisweb, The Rant

 

April 2013, Young Fresh and Relevant, Issue 3 

 

Nov 2012, COPY: Charts, with Yorkshire Sculpture Park

http://copypages.org

 

July 2012, Idioglossia, an Art Writing Glossary

http://b--k.co.uk/2012/idioglossia/

 

April 2012, A-N Magazine

 

March 2012, Tengen Magazine, Issue 4

http://issuu.com/tengenmag/docs/tengenissue4

 

March 2012, A-N Magazine

 

December 2011, Young Fresh and Relevant, Issue 2?

http://youngfreshrelevant.com/issue2.html