M A R I A  E S T H E L A
b. 1984 Tegucigalpa, Honduras
Maria Esthela is a self-taught, fourth world artist currently settled on the territory of Tiohtià:ke - Mooniyang; colonially known as Montreal, Canada.
Her practice delves into material investigations on the intersection of tangible and liminal states within the web of our experience, identity, body, space and time. Transcreating insights from new materialism, systems theory, quantum physics, and consciousness is her way of discerning the relative boundaries between the physical world and the transcendental.
She engages with sculpture, installation, and drawing in a non-linear exploration of entangled systems; searching for paradox in philosophy, science, nature, and the unknown. She references and expands on the works of Gego, Ruth Asawa, Agnes Denes, Yayoi Kusama and Hilma af Klint. 
Guided by research and meditation, her practice is handmade, methodical and site-responsive. Her process is intuitive and follows the movement of thought as it expands and multiplies, revealing elusive patterns which playfully hint at the ineffable ecstasy that intertwines with the ordinary.
She works with a range of materials that coincide in their optical properties, interpreting the language of light to discover hidden perspectives, which she arranges into into coded rhythms through repetition; a poetic proposal on the recursive nature of spacetime and the reciprocal agency of energy-matter.
The abstract language she has developed seeks to evoke thoughtful lightness and an emotional gravitas, drawing lines of inquiry and points of reflection that trace and transcend the realm of reason, suspending thought and elevating our attention to what lies between and beyond.​​​​​​​

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E X H I B I T I O N S
2023 Philadelphia, United States - The Spite Haus, Group Exhibit September 2023, Love's Other Name
2023 Reykjavik, Iceland - SIM Residency Open Space Group Exhibit June 2023
2023 Reykjavik, Iceland - SIM Residency Artist Talk & Group Exhibit May 2023
2023 Montréal, Canada - Les Printemps du MAC Benefit Auction & Artist Talk
2022 Montréal, Canada - MIIDSPACE, Solo Exhibition, Particle Perspectives, A sculptural Installation
2022 Montréal, Canada - Group Show at LivArt, Contemporary Drawing
2021 The Wrong Biennale, Pavilion Curator & Artist (V15M1N)
2020 Montréal, Canada - Solo Exhibition, 5500, Digital Sculpture Installation & Performance
2019 Toronto, Canada - Group Show, Off Nuit Blanche, GAIA, 3 Part Video Installation
R E S I D E N C I E S
2023 SÍM Residency, Reykjavik, Iceland
2022 - 2023 Arsenal Contemporary Residency, Montréal, Canada
A W A R D S
2022 Canada Arts Council, Research & Creation
E D U C A T I O N
2022 The Systems View of Life, Capra Course, Online
2012 Escuela de Fotografia e Imagen, Madrid, Spain
2003 -2008 Universidad Tecnológica Centroamericana, San Pedro Sula, Honduras
B O A R D S
2019-2020 InterAccess, Toronto, Canada

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