MAY 17 – AUGUST 9, 2019
TERRACE GALLERY AT ORLANDO CITY HALL
400 S. ORANGE AVE • ORLANDO, FL
Every person has an identity – a sense of self and state of mind that guides them to find out who they are, what they believe, and why they make certain choices. However, expressing identity can still be one of the most challenging issues in the world today and many artists use their work as a means of expression and self-exploration.
There is an essential relationship between art and identity. Art as Expression of Identity: Share your story of who you are is presented by three young artists from the University of Central Florida. This exhibition hopes to provide an opportunity for these young people to explore and develop their identities through art, encouraging the viewer and community at large to do the same.
Gabe Cortese is a Florida-based figurative painter and photographer. Interested in human sexuality and inspired by the sublime Florida landscape, he fuses the two in an effort to draw comparisons to identity and the stifling subtropical environment. Cortese graduated with a BFA in 2017 and is currently a second-year MFA student at the University of Central Florida.
Danielle Culibao Powell is an artistA residing in Orlando, Florida. She received her BFA in 2017 and returned to the University of Central Florida to pursue her MFA. Working primarily with drawing and painting, she explores the complexities of transcultural experiences within the context of personal history, family, and intimacy. Her current body of works focuses on her recent marriage and revolves around the task of building a new, hybrid culture for her home.
Annette Tojar was born and raised in South Florida. As a former pastry chef trained at Johnson and Wales University as well as Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Pâtisserie in France, she has a strong connection to food. After becoming injured in her career as a pastry chef, she began to pursue a career in the arts at the University of Central Florida. It is evident that Annette’s previous career strongly influences the current. She believes the ambiguity of food is universal. Her work allows people from all walks of life to relate to the foods she paints while allowing their personal memories and emotions to come forth. Annette is currently working towards a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Central Florida with a focus in painting.