Detail of Coffins Corner
Gisela Insuaste is an artist, arts administrator and educator. In her art practice, she explores the intersection of architecture, memory, myth and topography through drawings, sculptures and site-specific installations. Using scale, line, texture, and color, she creates seemingly collapsible and fragmented spaces and forms composed of interdependent, abstract or ambiguous elements. Incorporating the concept of the apus (Quechua word to describe the protective spirits of the sacred Andean mountains), she maps the idiosyncrasies of the urban landscape to reflect the fragile yet dynamic relationship between the built and natural environment, both real and imagined. By creating modular, portable or interactive structures made of found and repurposed materials such as wood, wire, and vacuum cleaner parts, she introduces architectural interventions that question our individual and shared cultural space and identity.
Gisela is the recipient of several grants and awards such as: Apex Art Outbound Residency; Lower East Side Printshop Keyholder Residency; Bronx Museum AIM Program; EFA NYC Arts Worker Residency; Laundromat Project Create Change PD Fellowship; Smithsonian Institute Latino Museum Studies Program Fellowship; Aljira Emerge10 Fellowship; Artadia Award (Driehaus); Illinois Arts Council Artist Grants; and MacDowell Colony Fellowships. She has participated in various exhibitions and projects in national and local venues: The Bronx Museum of Art; Art in Odd Places: Model 2012; El Taller Boricua; Vox Populi; University of Maryland Art Gallery, College Park; John Allcott Gallery, UNC; Satellite Gallery, UTSA; Aljira; Cuchifritos Gallery; ABC No Rio; Aicon Gallery; Queens Museum of Art; El Museo del Barrio; Lehman College Art Gallery; Praxis Gallery; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the Chicago Cultural Center. Her work is featured in The Upset: Young Contemporary Art, a resource of international artists working with visual subcultures published by Die Gestalten Verlag. She received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a BA in Anthropology & Studio Art from Dartmouth College.