Iliana Ortega

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Shining Water, 30x44 Inch, Pigment Print, 2011
Fireworks, 35x60 Inch, Pigment Print, Pencil, 2010
Swmming Pool, 30x44 Inch, Pigment Print, 2011
Hveragerði, 30x44 Inch, Pigment Print, 2011
Hot Steam, 30x44 Inch, Pigment Print, 2011
Artist's Statement

My current art practice explores how darkness frames light. To capture photos for this exploration, I move slowly through the nocturnal urban landscape, dedicating close attention to the workings of artificial light in the nighttime city. I print pure black pigment prints using a very high black contrast. The results are prints that are almost black -- with just a subtle suggestion of light in the landscape. I then scratch these prints with drill bits to create a different version of the abstract image. These scratches simulate reflection or the illusion of light inside the photographic composition. Upon completion, the majority of the prints have characteristics of abstract images provided by shapes of black over black with small protrusions from the under-layer of white paper. By using this technique, I evoke a strong relationship between the formal elements of photography and those of drawing -- visually relating both to the natura


2011 M.F.A Yale University School of Art.
2008 B.F.A School of Fine Arts, University of Guanajuato. Mexico.

2010 Finalist in the national competition, 2nd Edition “Arte 40” Centro Nacional de las Artes, Mexico City.
2008 First Place, Purchase Award , XIII Biennale National Diego Rivera, Mexico.
2006-07 Young Creators, National Fund for Culture, FONCA, Mexico.
2004 Honorable Mention, IX National Biennial Diego Rivera, Mexico.

2011 “Las Imagenes Negras”, Aisling Gallery , THE STUDY hotel at Yale, New Haven, CT.
2008 “(............)”, Intervention, Jesús Gallardo Gallery, University of Guanajuato, Mexico.
2008 “Lo posible de no habitar”, Gene Byron Museum, Guanajuato, Mexico.