Eloisa Guanlao’s versatile art practice explores nature’s complex relationship with humans. For the Land Line residency, Guanlao created works including a sewn replica of a woodpecker that kept her company at the Plains Conservation Center (PCC), and infrared photographs taken at Chatfield Farms and the PCC. These photographs are part of Guanlao’s Hearth Series, capturing places that contain resources for survival and represent hearth and home to the organisms that inhabit that area.
About the Artist
Born in the Philippines, Eloisa Guanlao’s experiences as an immigrant and nomadic scholar-artist influence her versatile art practice and critical inquiries. With an interest in the natural world, history, art, languages and literature, she considers art making a social and cultural endeavor and pursues projects that are research intensive and relevant to current issues. Eloisa Guanlao attended the Los Angeles High School for the Arts, Carleton College in Minnesota, and received her MFA in Studio Art from the University of New Mexico. Guanlao practices and teaches art in California.