UCR | Department of Art | Gemma Delgado
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Gemma Delgado

Gemma Delgado




My work deals with painting humans, most particularly women, as the subject. They are often paired with inorganic objects such as jewels or bubbles. Here I have four pieces to represent what I have been working with: The first is Bubbles, 2021, which experimented with lighting and color. The bubbles serve as individual light sources of various colors. The light is then shown being emitted and reflected off the subject’s face, hair and hand. Body’s Gem 2, 2020 and Body’s Gem 3, 2021 feature subjects that pose with their internal anatomy displayed. The poses are intended to complement the jewels that they’re paired with. Bubbly Anatomy, 2020 features the internal anatomy of the subject being seen through a new type of lens. The floating bubbles that surround the subject are used to act as a sort of x-ray to view what lies beneath the skin. The blue tones of the bubbles are used to contrast the warm colors of the body. The decision for the background to be black in each of the pieces was made for the purpose of the subject and complementary objects to stand-out, while also creating a personal atmosphere around the subjects.