Tatiana Arocha

Tatiana Arocha’s practice delves into the “intimacy between people and land, [is] rooted in personal memory and her immigrant experience, and centers on community through public art interventions and transdisciplinary knowledge exchange.” Arocha’s work references her childhood in Colombia, and her process involves sketching, rubbing, photographing, and preserving forest plants. In her studio, Arocha fashions her collaged, monumental forest portraits utilizing digital and analog approaches like drawing, frottage, monoprints, photocopying, and digital painting. She adopts a monochrome palette—a metaphor for the endangered world—and uses gold “for details, acting as glimmering reminders of human avarice and the violent costs of extractive economies.”

Headshot courtesy of Peter Ross