Maria Elena Gonzalez, San Francisco
Eureka Fellowship Awardee 2019
González interweaves conceptual themes with strong dedication to craft in her complex installations and poetic arrangements, exploring issues such as identity, memory, and dislocation. The current Tree Talk Series depicts the potentials that the graphic process has to offer in this day and age. González traverses through the various expressive mediums such as print, performance, installation, and sound, to precisely and harmoniously join them into a whole that is anchored in its conceptual framework. Cuban-born, González earned a BFA from Florida International University in Miami, and a MA in sculpture from San Francisco State University. She received widespread acclaim for her site-specific sculpture Magic Carpet/Home commissioned by the Public Art Fund, New York, NY, and also for her site specific work titled You and Me, commissioned by Storm King Art Center, New Windsor, NY. She has received numerous awards, including a John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, the Prix de Rome from The American Academy in Rome, Italy, and most recently González’s Tree Talk Series was awarded the Grand Prize in the 30th Ljubljana Biennial of Graphic Arts, MGLC-International Centre for Graphic Arts, Ljubljana, Slovenia.