STATEMENT / BIO
My work explores themes of memory, absence, and displacement. I create immersive installations that reconstructs my personal narrative and cultural background. Forced to flee my native country, I feel the necessity to reflect on my own experience as a Guatemalan immigrant living in the United States. While still acknowledging and reflecting on the political, social, and economic issues recurring in Guatemala.
I am interested in investigating and revealing these challenges through my practice because it allows me to communicate them to audiences who do not share the same experiences. At the same time, I hope to hold a space for the people who have undergone similar experiences.
Kemely Gomez is a Guatemalan-born studio artist who currently lives and works in Santa Fe, NM. She immigrated to the United States at the age of twelve along with her mother and younger sister. Gomez’s studio practice includes sculpture, painting, performance, and installation art, which focuses on themes of memory, absence, and displacement. Her work is influenced by her childhood experiences in her native country and the challenges she has faced being an undocumented immigrant living in the United States. Gomez received her BFA in Studio Arts from the Santa Fe University of Art and Design in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Her work has been exhibited in settings such as Mill Contemporary Gallery (Santa Fe, NM). Form and Concept Gallery (Santa Fe NM). Fine Arts Gallery, SFUAD (Santa Fe, NM) Wade Wilson Gallery, Juror Lucy Lippard (Santa Fe, NM).
Her artwork has been featured in Terreno| Borderland Linguistics, Print. 2017 By Silvia Arthur, Lois Klassen, Daisy Quezada.