Gisela Colon

GISELA COLON (Canada, b. 1966) was raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  She identifies an early influence of Venezuelan artists Jésus Rafael Soto and Carlos Cruz-Diez.  While she first exhibited abstract paintings, Colon says that the writings of Donald Judd and Robert Irwin increased her interest in issues of visual perception and materiality, and led her to make sculpture. She developed a unique fabrication method of blow-molding and layering acrylics, producing wall-mounted sculptures that emanate light and color.  Although her work is informed by the ideals and practices of the California Light and Space movement, the results are futuristic and transformative.