A TROPICAL GLOW BABY PRODUCTION: Remember the sun baby girl

Project Space: Isabel Diana, ‘A TROPICAL GLOW BABY PRODUCTION: Remember the sun baby girl', 2022.

Isabel Diana, 'REMEMBER THE SUN BABY GIRL.II', 2022, screenprint, 20" x 28".

Feature Wall
A TROPICAL GLOW BABY PRODUCTION: Remember the sun baby girl
Isabel Diana
April 22, 2022 – June 4, 2022

What does it mean to talk about there while being here?

A TROPICAL GLOW BABY PRODUCTION: Remember the sun baby girl is an expanded installation of a portion of Isabel Diana’s MFA Thesis. The installation includes a repeated pattern wall and two monoprints—a printmaking technique that is significant to their practice. The work explores her relationship with their freckles, the history a body holds and how to reclaim a body with no heritage. By focusing on the original tropical glow baby, BABY ISA showcases the nuances of being loved and lost at the same time.

As an adoptee, a chronically ill body, and a woman of colour in North America, their upbringing has created a complex identity. This work is influenced by intersectionality theory, adoption trauma theory, South America’s bright colours, and the joy of the sun. The installation is a space for comfort and an act of reclaiming the body.

Isabel Diana’s lived experience will continue being explored in A TROPICAL GLOW BABY PRODUCTION: Finding Comfort in The Crisis, shown in Portland, Oregon, in early May as their thesis exhibition.

Risograph postcards are free to take away; include a QR code with more project information.

Isabel Diana (she/her) is a Canadian-Colombian artist currently located in Portland, Oregon. They received their BFA from Ontario College of Art and Design University in Toronto and are now an MFA Print Media Candidate at Pacific Northwest College of Art at Willamette University. Isabel was adopted from Colombia at three months old and grew up in Hamilton, Ontario, with a Brazilian mother and a French-Canadian father. The perfect balance between North and South American upbringing. Their identity as an adoptee strongly influences their work by exploring identity nuances. As a text and image-based artist, their practice has been focused on the lived experience through imagery, pattern and text. Their work is bright and full of life made through the techniques of printmaking through layering.

Click here to watch a virtual Print Speak session about this exhibition.