Contreras’ work explores the relationships between tradition, identity, and pop culture, incorporating techniques like acrylic, oil, and collage into her pieces. Growing up in the US and Mexico, provided her a rich palette of imagery, as well as that from other cultures. As in most of her work, there is an element of nostalgia present in its layers, sometimes reminiscing about childhood or adolescence or sometimes referencing a certain culture and its traditions. Memories are made of fragments after all. As hyper-cultural tourists, her characters surf freely from one “here” to another, where there are no boundaries. The use of collaged material such as origami paper, magazine and comic book cut-outs, to name a few, provide a palette of colors and textures for the subject’s surroundings. As these pieces are worked, the patterns and colors of the printed material come together in a sort of puzzle in which the painted figures emerge. The use of materials is both calculated as serendipitous, leading her to create unusual cultural combinations thus providing spectators with a richer interpretation.

Contreras was born in Whittier, California and moved to Guadalajara, Jalisco at an early age. There she began studying printmaking at the Instituto Cabañas as well as in other local artist workshops. Later on, she attended the University of Guadalajara, receiving a B.A. in art in 2008 and a Masters in Art Education in 2016.   Her artwork has been shown in exhibitions in Mexico and the U.S., including “What We Inherit: Remnants of Light and Space” at the Overture Center in Madison, WI. She is a member of Colectivo Synapsis a group of Latino artists that focus on social justice projects that impact communities in Southern Wisconsin. She has also served as a juror in the recent edition of Art Fair on the Square. She currently lives and works in Madison, Wisconsin, where she continues to create and showcase her art.


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