Animator, videographer, cartoonist, sculptor? A thing else?
When pressed to categorize herself as an artist, Aleisea Guzman remained smartly elusive.
“I tried for so extensive to set myself into a box. I felt I required to brand myself and stick to a pressured design and style. Now I just allow myself create whatever I want. But if we’re likely to throw some titles out there, I’d say digital artist (obscure), efficiency artist, street artist, painter…general, I’m just a creator,” she responded.
That reluctance to be boxed is a hallmark of Guzman’s ingenuity and multifaceted approach to building art. Untethered to a specific medium and ready to choose risks, clearly with the possibility of fumbling, she provides will work that defy effortless labeling.
Born in New Bedford and elevated in Miami, exactly where she moved with her loved ones when she was eleven, Guzman remembers generally remaining drawn to art, poetry, audio and style.
Of style, she noted that she was intrigued in the visuals of it but comprehended the electrical power encompassing the tradition was too harmful for her to want to investigate very seriously.
Guzman returned to the South Coast to study at the College of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, and majored in Laptop Science for a yr in advance of switching more than to the Visual Arts plan, concentrating on Electronic Media.
When mentioning that all of her professors at UMD inspired her considerably, she singles out 3D modeling/animation instructor Michael Swartz, printmaker Adrian Tio and sculptor Stacy Latt Savage. They galvanized her ego, exposed her to new materials and strategies, and created positive she was informed of just about every flaw in her function.
She considers it all as invaluable steerage.
Guzman joyfully bounces from one particular medium to the other, making use of whatsoever instruments and methodologies are at her disposal. Her operate swings from the marginally foolish to the significantly somber.
In a however from a digital 3D undertaking referred to as ”Abacus,” there is a three-headed alien creature. In each head exists a glowing golden cyclopean eye. The flesh of the staying is as inexperienced as Gumby and it has a equivalent textural physical appearance.
In some of her operate, Guzman speaks to her possess anxieties, and in accomplishing so lets it be identified that challenging matter matter is not to be averted.
“Can You Listen to Me Know?” was a mixed media operate of wood, paper flowers, yarn and tape that was lit ablaze. Encouraged by the Mahayana Buddhist monk Thich Quang Duc who famously established himself on fireplace in Vietnam in 1963, it is an ode to his self-immolation. Guzman’s fiery work signifies the oppression and abuse of women of all ages. It asks if women will need to go to this sort of drastic lengths to be taken seriously.
A little established designed for a halt movement electronic perform known as “A Tiny Bit Off” focuses on mental wellness and disorders, all motivated by herself and the persons all-around her. The established was built to accompany a poem working with agoraphobia. The symbolic black figure is safe and sound in his/her personal house.
Other operates offer with complicated topic matter, which includes the carnage of manufacturing unit farming and big pharma, and her own the latest diagnosis of epilepsy, which she admits puts a strain on her creative imagination, enthusiasm and productivity.
Guzman has been an art trainer at Keith Middle Faculty in New Bedford considering the fact that September 2019. Her first calendar year in that profession noticed the arrival of a international pandemic.
She and her colleagues do the job tirelessly to demonstrate up for their pupils- bodily, mentally and emotionally.
Guzman notes that as an educator, she, like all people else in modern society, is working with the body weight of the pandemic. She feels the urgent have to have to be there and be supportive of her virtually 200 students, making sure their wellness to the very best of her ability.
Very little is secure and consistent in their worlds.
But if Guzman’s artwork provides license to examine any topic, to locate creative platforms, and to consider on adversity, she is placing those people pupils on a strengthening journey.