Del Mar Alzate
Del Mar is a Latin-American artist, born in Armenia, Quindio, Colombia (b.1997). In her younger years, Del Mar migrated to the United States where she would grow up and now resides in the state of North Carolina. After the passing of her mother at age 8, Del Mar was formally introduced to art as a medium of communication between her and her therapist. "It was a blessing in disguise to be pushed out of my comfort zone at such a young age, and be able to articulate my feelings through colors and shapes not knowing that years later it would lead me back to my life calling."
As a graduate of philosophy, Del Mar aims at contemplating ideas confronting mental health, free will, morality, and human consciousness. In her most recent studies, Del Mar references clown-like figures, paying homage to the historical significance of clowns as the voice for the common folk between rulers to achieve positive social reform. Through these recurring images, she aims at highlighting the power of art in bringing about social change, while also emphasizing the ongoing relevance of these themes in contemporary society. A light hearted yet serious tone is present throughout her work-- one of both humor and truth.
''I approach each work with the intent to depict the soul's 'navigation system' through the spectrums of human emotion- dark and light, in its rawest form." Del Mar’s style is always evolving and growing. Her work can be found in private collections whilst works being a part of public collections are foreseen in the near future. She has been part of several group exhibits, including the “Still Standing” exhibit with Brooklyn Collective in Charlotte, NC, been featured as an emerging artist by WCNC TV News station in Charlotte, and continues to participate in public murals and other installations in the area.
Project for "The Journey"
“Dirty Laundry” from an American perspective may be viewed in a negative connotation to represent things in our life we don’t want to be “shown.” Coming to the United States at age 7, I was my 50 year old fathers side-kick, we were all we had. “Dirty Laundry” will be a 36x36” inch canvas conveying objects of my childhood that portray the struggles and sacrifices made by my father — rice and eggs for breakfast and lunch, sardines for dinner, 3 am alarm clocks, my father trading a managerial position in Colombia to come to the states and flip burgers at Burger King — all to provide me a better future than was promised to him, and many more instances like this in the shape of a heart as a never ending pile of laundry. After 60 hour work weeks, and juggling being a single father, in an unknown country, unknown language, my father always managed to make it to the laundry-mat every Saturday before 8 am to make sure the laundry never piled up. The same urgency that my father had to get the laundry done every weekend, is the same urgency that was instilled inside of me to finish school and make a great life for myself, the opportunity he searched for, worked for, and sacrificed so much for - a life turned into a never-ending labor of love and resilience.
Project for "100 Tiny Things"
One Tiny Art Show
The purpose of this project is to create an inclusive and accessible art gallery that allows individuals to engage with art at any time of the day by showcasing a collection of tiny works and sculptures within a small-scale gallery.
Accessibility is a primary focus of "One Tiny Art Gallery." The miniature size of the gallery will make it accessible to people of all ages and abilities. Visitors will have the opportunity to view the artworks up close, fostering a more intimate and personal connection with the art. Additionally, the gallery's small size will ensure that it can be easily navigated by individuals with mobility challenges.
Moreover, the gallery will be designed to be open at all times, making art accessible to everyone, even outside of typical gallery hours. This unique approach will accommodate diverse schedules and allow individuals who may not have the opportunity to visit traditional galleries during standard operating hours to engage with art freely.
By providing a miniature gallery space exhibiting tiny works and sculptures, I aim to create a memorable and intimate art encounter that transcends traditional gallery boundaries. This project aligns perfectly with the goals of the "100 Tiny Things" exhibition and promises to enrich the Charlotte International Arts Festival with its distinctive approach to art accessibility and engagement."