Bianca Lee Vasquez is a young artist whose work is a cross between land art and body art. She uses her body as a medium to express the deep bond between human beings and nature, drawing inspiration from Mesoamerican and Inca rituals. In her works, the body becomes an integral part of nature, creating a new harmony. The series of photographs by Bianca Lee Vasquez are intense and highly poetic, and reflect this never-ending quest for a new balance through her perception of nature’s energy. The Ofr. gallery will be exhibiting seven of her works from February 29th. An opportunity to come and admire the results of her inspiring reflections on the relationship between the human body and nature in its purest expression.
What made you want to become an “Earthbody” artist ?
I became an artist to be free and explore my experiences, my feelings, my thoughts. I did not feel like exploring this in a studio and making two-dimensional works. For me, the natural place to do this was in nature. I want to go into vast landscapes and create a close connection with the very essence of the land because I believe I am related to nature. For me it’s important to promote a sense of connection with the land.
What motivates you as an artist ?
Being a total person and contributing to humanity drives me. I want to go out past and hopefully extend my art to something that doesn’t exist yet. I want to explore my presence and soul and discover the unknown factors of life and share them while having fun doing it.
Tell us about what you are exhibiting at Ofr?
I am part of a duo show with Bianca Bondi, a South African artist, who creates sculptures and installations in an organic process of “instinctive alchemy.” I am showing seven photographs documenting my interventions from the Rock and Reciprocity series and Fusion, a private performance with a cancerous tree. I use my body as medium in this series because I feel the body is the most beautiful thing owned by people so, what better medium to express my art ? A body is strong and beautiful, especially a female body. I don’t think I would use my body in the same way if I was a man. I was raised by women. As a child I lived in a home with four other women. My grandmother, my mother, my aunt, and her friend. I like using my body, as many feminine artists do, to tell my stories about humanity and environment, and detach them from the usual link to eroticism.