To view Gwen’s work is to tumble into a labyrinth, where everyday objects converse with food, animals, and body parts to concoct stories told in pictures. These tales are staged in grids that nod towards Mexican lotería, Korean chaekgeori, or curiosity-filled Wunderkammern. Snakes seethe through walls and slide up stairs, boundaryless symbols of duality and the passage of time. In some works, language is an adornment, calling forth ancient illuminated manuscripts, and in others, labels in Portuguese are scattered throughout, as if to instruct, often with humorous double meanings reflecting the artist’s multi-lingual perceptions.
Based in Lisbon, Portugal, Gwen was born and fledged in Mexico City, where she continued her art education at La Esmeralda, after studying at Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles. Among her many achievements are the Henry Moore Superior Prize at the Utsukushi-ga-Hara Open Air Museum in Japan, and public art commissions for the City of San Diego, where she also worked as an administrator at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the San Diego Museum of Art.