The first time my parents realize that I was an artist, I was a child. It happened one time I got angry with them and painted an upside-down clown, on the wall of my bedroom. Since then I have never stopped creative ways to express myself. It's not just anger that nourishes my need to create. Every time I'm overwhelmed by a feeling, I head straight to the studio, and I start printing on and on*, as some kind of self-relief exercise. I was born and raised in Chili, during the military dictatorship. I guess that growing up amidst the army is the reason why stars and wings are a constant reference in my work. One of the most influent moments of my country's history was "the plebiscite", when people voted to put an end to the military regime. Back then, when all the kids collected stickers, I was more interested in collecting propagandistic flyers. I have created a universe of characters inspired in vintage advertising and cartoons, which I used to watch in Chili during my childhood. I was specially impressed by a Tom & Jerry episode entitled «The Yankee Doodle Mouse». My black faces series evoke this particular episode. I like to play with the duality of the character's face and the content of the image. Most of the people think at first sight, that my work is for kids, as they are colorful and seem to come from a joyful place. But when they take a look at them closely, they are able to see beyond the smile. I like paper, I love cardboard and packaging boxes inspire me. I recycle them, separating the inner layers of paper. I have chosen linocut as media to reproduce the images printed on their surface, such as signs and fonts.
About Nancy Guerrero
I am a Chilean artist living in Paris. I have an MBA diploma in fine arts and cultural management from the University of Chile. I lived in London for a while to continue my studies at Heatherley's Arts School and get some workshop experience. Then I settled in France to pursue a graphic design degree. I define myself as a printmaker and "characters designer". Currently I'm working on a pottery collection and some book illustrations. Actually I'm Artist in residence at VILLA MAIS D'ICI Aubervilliers, France.