BIOGRAPHY


Marcela Montoya-Turnill/Ortega

      Born in Ocotlan, Jalisco, Mexico in 1959.  Mexican/British

      Presently living and working in Spain.



STUDIES


2015

PhD Fine Arts, Chelsea College of Arts and TrAIN, University of the Arts, London, U.K.

2007

MA Drawing as Process (Distinction), Kingston University, U.K.

2005

Certificate in Education Adult & Community, The University of Westminster, London, U.K.

1985

Fine Arts Degree, Escuela Nacional de Pintura, Escultura y Grabado “La Esmeralda”, Mexico City, Mexico.


PUBLICATIONS


2015

PhD Thesis: Resituating the Cultural Meanings of Lucha Libre Mexicana: A Practiced-Based Study of Diasporic Mexicanness, University of the Arts London, U.K.


2014

Book Review of MacLean, H. (2011) The Shaman’s Mirror: Visionary Art of the Huichol, University of Texas Press in Bulletin of Latin American Research, Vol. 33, Issue 4, pp. 530-531: Through the Doors of Perception with Sacred Deer.  Published (online) [3 September 2014].


2007

Bateson, K and Taylor A. (eds.) (2007) Jerwood Drawing Prize 2007, pp. 134-135: Ball of Lifelines (Debris from Lifelines), London: Wimbledon College of Art.


COLLECTIONS

“That Same Scream Again!” in the ESCALA, Essex Collection of Art from Latin America, U.K. livepage.apple.com



Art-based research combines a variety of means of inquiry and exploration through which artistic practice develops.  Underlying all my work there is an analysis of the processes of creation and manipulation of materials.  Reflective artistic scholarship creates interpretation, discovery, understanding and ultimately the creation of knowledge and artwork.


The aim is to create awareness and a change in the political, social and economic systems, values and attitudes prevalent in the twenty-first century that oppress the common man, woman and child and that damage our environment and Mother Earth.

ARTIST - SCHOLAR - TEACHER

I Thirst (2017) see work/projects

Photo credit Graham Lacdao