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Gina Herrera

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Rocking for the Future, 2015 Assorted Found Materials 85 X 54 X 21 Inches © 2015 Gina Herrera
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Reveling In All Its Glory, 2016 Assorted Found Materials 85 X 57 X 25 Inches © 2016 Gina Herrera
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A Salutation to All, 2015 Assorted Found Materials 77 X 50 X 19 Inches © 2015 Gina Herrera
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At the Crossroads, 2015 Assorted Found Materials 78 X 31 X 22 Inches © 2015 Gina Herrera
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A Nostalgic Flash, 2016 Assorted Found Materials 68 X 38 X 25 Inches © 2016 Gina Herrera
20160209225549-unearthing_a_vision
Unearthing a Vision, 2016 Assorted Found Materials 76 X 37 X 16 Inches © 2016 Gina Herrera
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Torn by Truth, 2015 Assorted Found Materials 84 X 47 X 19 Inches © Gina Herrera
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Out of Frequency, 2015 Assorted Found Materials 82 X 36 X 32 Inches © Gina Herrera
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Subliminal Moment, 2015 Assorted Found Materials 50 X 42 X 11 Inches © Gina Herrera
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Rain Dancer, 2015 Assorted Found Materials 75 X 33 X 11 Inches © Gina Herrera
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Tree Whisperer, 2015 Assorted Found Materials 73 X 28 X 29 Inches © Gina Herrera
20150827185304-unveiling_the_truth
Unveiling the Truth, 2015 Assorted Found Materials 73 X 22 X 25 Inches © Gina Herrera
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Matrimony, 2015 Assorted Found Materials 65 X 25 X 18 Inches © Gina Herrera
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Bestower of Light, 2015 Assorted Found Materials 66 X 18 X 13 Inches © Gina Herrera
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To My Love, 2015 Assorted Found Materials 70" X 42" X 17" © Gina Herrera
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Life of the Party, 2015 Assorted Found Materials 68 X 30 X 22 Inches © Gina Herrera
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Whirlwind of Confusion, November 2012 Discarded Ingredients: Non-biodegradable Foam Containers, Household Trash, Plastic Bags, Cloth, Yarns, Color Paper, Pvc Pipes/connectors 72X95X58 Inches © Gina Herrera
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Forgotten Soul, January 2013 Discarded Ingredients: Non-biodegradable Foam Containers, Household Trash, Plastic Bags, Cloth, Yarns, Color Paper, Lamp Base, Pvc Pipes/connectors 70X43X24 Inches © Gina Herrera
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Uprooted, July 2013 Discarded Ingredients: Household Trash, Cloth, Pvc Pipes/connectors, Yarn, Electrical Wires, Covered With Papier-mâché and Coffee 60X20X15 Inches © Gina Herrera
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Crosswinds, December 2012 Discarded Ingredients: Non-biodegradable Foam Containers, Household Trash, Plastic Bags, Cloth, Yarns, Color Paper, Pvc Pipes/connectors, Covered With Papier-mâché, Sand and Coffee 83X72X70 Inches © Gina Herrera
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Lost One, 2014 Mixed Media 30X20X12 Inches © Gina Herrera
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Supernatural Forces, August 2012 Discarded Ingredients: Non-biodegradable Foam Containers, Household Trash, Cloth, Pvc Pipes/connectors, Rebar, Covered With Papier-mâché and Cow Manure 79X48X20 Inches © Gina Herrera
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Silent Dancer, January 2013 Discarded Ingredients: Non-biodegradable Foam Containers, Household Trash, Plastic Bags, Cloth, Yarns, Color Paper, Pvc Pipes/connectors, Tripod, Covered With Papier-mâché and Sand 76X40X40 Inches © Gina Herrera
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Dawn of Time, August 2011 Discarded Ingredients: Neighborhood Trash, Rebar, Covered With Papier-mâché and Coffee 36X40X65 Inches © Gina Herrera
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Dawn of Time Detail, August 2011 Discarded Ingredients: Neighborhood Trash, Rebar, Covered With Papier-mâché and Coffee 36X40X10 Inches © Gina Herrera
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Closeup of Dawn of Time, August 2011 Discarded Ingredients: Neighborhood Trash, Covered With Papier-mâché and Coffee 36X40X10 Inches © Gina Herrera
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Solitary Sole, August 2010 Installation Made With Collected Coffee, Wire, Crocheted Rope and Mold 10x10x6feet © Gina Herrera
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Detail of Solitary Sole, August 2010 Installation Made With Collected Coffee, Wire, Crocheted Rope and Mold 10x10x6feet © Gina Herrera
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Leap of Harmony, December 2011 Discarded Ingredients: Agricultural Non-biodegradable Foam Containers, Household Trash, Lamp Base, Pvc Pipes/connectors, Covered With Papier-mâché and Sand 70X27X18 Inches © Gina Herrera
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Inversion of Natural Order, March 2011 Discarded Ingredients: Non-biodegradable Foam Containers, Household Trash, Lamp Base, Pvc Pipes/connectors, Rebar, Covered With Papier-mâché and Coffee 63X33X16 Inches © Gina Herrera
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Chicago
Works in
California
Schools
University of the Arts, 2012, MFA
The School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Tags
organic, recycled, environmental, mixed-media, installation, abstract, conceptual, sculpture
Artist Statement

I have always felt a strong affinity for nature. Growing up in Chicago, I found the most beauty in the trees, the singing birds, the sky above. As a visual learner with a multicultural heritage, I have been influenced by my father’s Tesuque culture and my mother’s Costa Rican heritage. While cultural art fascinates me, experiencing beauty of great European art collections while stationed in Germany early in my military career inspired my professional pursuit of art.  

While serving in Iraq, amid the devastation of combat, I was moved by seeing miles of mountainous trash heaps. I viscerally experienced the global extent of the systematic destruction of the planet, exploitative, unsustainable, and perhaps worst, careless, unconscious, accidental. This led me to question my own practices, hoping to lessen my environmental impact. I began to build three-dimensional forms out of discarded and natural objects. I am engaged in an aesthetic and spiritual ritual to channel and honor Mother Earth, to seek connection and communion with a power greater than myself.

Everywhere I go, I gather materials, finding inspiration in my surroundings. Like a scavenger, I play an interventional role in removing garbage from the landscape, preventing it from doing further damage. I am also drawn to natural materials and organic forms -- branches, rocks, cocoons, nests. My process is meditative and intuitive – each step revealing a new aspect. Figures emerge, in gravity defying postures on the brink of movement, alive with possibility. Their haunting spiritual presence reminds us they have not gone back to the earth, but asks us to question our connection with our world and the choices we make in our daily existence. My greatest objective is to awaken individual and societal consciousness; to examine and heal our relationship with Mother Earth.