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Portals, Altars and Mythological Figures: Art by Chía Ortegón


A contour-line painting of a woman with blue skin in a yellow dressBlank Mood

Today we’re featuring the artwork of Chía Ortegón.  Chía is a prolific artist with her own practice and several collaborative projects on the go.

 

Many of Chía’s works are self portraits, and the female figure appears in a vast majority of them. Her technique celebrates line, with brightly-coloured figures that are built up using contour lines. Sometimes these lines are echoed in her backgrounds as well, or become overlapping patterns. There is a definite spiritual side to Chía’s work. Portals, altars, and mythological figures make frequent appearances, and her technique always seems meditative.

 

An image of a portal, with psychedelic colours and a disembodied eyeRainbow Portal


"Morphogenism" page on Chía Ortegón's art websiteChía's "Morphogenism" project on her art website

Aside from two-dimensional works, Chía has also worked in collaboration with another artist to create a collection of wearable art, collaged from fabric and beads. The pieces are mostly necklaces and larger statement collars, each intricately woven and made, once again, with a spiritual side in mind. For instance, one of the pieces is described as attracting friendship and joy. Sounds like a great accessory!

 


A pectoral fashion accessory made from beads and fabric in the shape of a butterflyPectoral "Luminous Butterfly" Festival Collection


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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