OCEANSIDE — Artist Marianela de la Hoz shared the stories and inspiration behind her work that is on display in “Metamorphores: Marianela de la Hoz” at the Oceanside Museum of Art July 30. During the artist talk, De la Hoz narrated her 20-year journey as an artist as she showed 150 slides of her work.
Her inspiration began when she was a young girl and drew illustrations to the stories her grandfather read to her. She dreamed and challenged herself to be an artist, but it was not until her second child was born that she devoted herself full time to painting.
De la Hoz describes herself as quiet and introverted and said painting allows her to express her thoughts.
“Painting is my way of communicating with the world,” De la Hoz said.
At first her paintings were easel size and contained every color. Later she minimized the color pallet she used to better represent the themes she painted and scaled down the size of her works to 4-inch-by-5-inch miniatures so that she could include great detail in less time.
The miniatures also lure the viewer to look closely at her paintings that have comical but disturbing images.
“When I used a bigger format sometimes people would run away from them,” De la Hoz said. “I want a reaction. People to get up closer, feel something, think
In addition to miniatures, other works on display are in a setting beyond
the traditional frame. Mannequins, wood boxes, and household items are carefully used to add to the paintings.
“It’s a dialogue between the different materials used,” De la Hoz said. “Every detail counts.”
The consistent theme in her work is the complex duality of human nature and embracing its dark side. “Everyone of us has a bright and dark side,” De la Hoz said. “The dark side also has beauty. It’s imperfect and incredible.”
De la Hoz was born in Mexico and earned a BA at Metropolitan University in Mexico City. She moved to San Diego in 2002, but does not consider her work to be Mexican or American.
“Everyone has felt hatred, envy, sadness,” De la Hoz said. “It’s a human thing. I do not relate it to being Mexican or American.”
De la Hoz said she hopes her artwork pushes people to have moments of realization and change.
“Hopefully you experience a change in yourself,” De la Hoz said.
Metamorphores: Marianela de la Hoz will be on display at the Oceanside Museum of Art through Oct. 9.
The museum is at 704 Pier View Way and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.