Week 7’s artist conversation is with Norax Ayala. Ayala’s show “She and I” is presented in the Dr. Maxine Merlino Gallery here at California State University, Long Beach. She is born and raised here in Southern California and is 27 years old. She is also finishing her last year at Cal State Long Beach in the MFA program. Most of her inspiration stems from her personal life and things she has reflected on at a younger age. Other inspiration comes from life experiences and politics.
The main piece in Norax’s gallery was two figures in the center of the room. It was two-lipstick vagina imprints framed side-by-side. They belonged to Norax and her partner. The two images then were combined together to create larger images throughout the gallery. The images were of red and pink and were screen-printed. By looking closely, pixilation can be seen.
The meaning of Ayala’s work is to showcase the relationship of intimacy and pleasure. Her show is demonstrating the feeling she has with her partner and how these feeling are of human nature. In addition, she is demonstrating the experiences, such as, physical, mental and spiritual she has felt in her work. The prints on the walls are narrating her intimate story of two becoming one.
I personally enjoyed Ayala’s work. I have never experienced a gallery where all the pieces were made from a human organ. In addition, I respect how here work is a reflection of her intimate relationship with her partner and how she is sharing it with all of us.
Disclaimer: Website says Nora, but sheet in gallery says Norax.