María Peña began her fine arts career studying at the Academia Superior de Artes in Bogotá, Colombia. Since moving to Melbourne, María Peña has continued her practice with a strong interest in hybrid identities and new cultures with reference to Latin American diasporas. Her ongoing work with print, paint, fabric and mixed media installations assert what she describes as spaces for memory, detailing the remembrances and oblivions of a lost home.
Since joining the Artists in Residence program at The Ownership Project, María Peña has continued her exploration of memory and place, experimenting with different textural possibilities through reduction woodblock and drypoint etching techniques. Inspired by the façades of old colonial buildings in rural Colombia, her print series of decaying walls, brittle frameworks and peeling doors invite us to imagine past lives and rustic histories while evoking the fragile and layered nature of remembering place itself.
María Peña's next body of work, new etchings, are currently in development.
25 SEPT - 3 OCT 2015: It Came From Over There
20 FEB - 14 MAR 2015: Offcuts
12 - 22 DEC 2013: 2013 Retrospective
14 NOV - 2 DEC 2012: Fachada (solo exhibition)