For her 12 x 12 project, My First Painting, Twenty-One Years Later, Guerrero-Maciá expands on her activity of remaking readymade objects into large-scale hand-sewn paintings and designed objects by turning the critical lens of this activity onto herself and her own creative process. To this end, she will remake the first painting she was assigned to produce in her 10th-grade art class. A poster-size tempera painting advertising a fictitious circus with an oddly smiling clown, Guerrero-Maciá's early image prefigures her more recent work in its graphic quality, quirky innocence, dislocated reality, and inclusion of text. This project also underscores an ongoing concern of Guerrero-Maciá's artistic practice-its relationship to the activity of painting. The original painting will be exhibited alongside its new manifestation.
Diana Guerrero-Maciá received her Master of Fine Arts degree in 1992 from Cranbrook Academy of Art and is Assistant Professor and Director, First Year Program, at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is represented by Bodybuilder & Sportsman Gallery, Chicago. This exhibition is curated by Associate Curator Staci Boris.