Mezcla: Mixed Media Artworks by Emily Costello
May 8 – July 3, 2015
Meet the Artist Reception - Friday, May 22, 2015 6-8 PM
Below left: “Bat an Eye”; Below right: “El Rey”
Mezcla, a Latino word meaning to make something by mixing other substances together, a combination of different qualities, things, or emotions in which the component elements are individually distinct. Mezcla: The Mixed Media Artworks of Emily Costello brings stories that give place and meaning to our existence but also on the allegorical and universal experiences that we all share; issues of identity, humor, life, love, death, spirituality, dreams and memories.
Emily Costello was born and raised in a small Arizona copper mining town, and Mezcla is a personal reflection of her diversity (she is half Mexican/half Czech). The artist’s work represents a mélange of cultural references, images and events that have shaped her life, including stories that were passed onto her by her grandparents.
Inspired by Mexican folk artists who make art from the heart and with whatever materials they have at hand, Emily’s mixed media pieces are created with found objects that are reassembled and reimagined, creating new life and new meaning.
Having left her corporate job 5 years ago, Emily now paints full-time. Since then, she has exhibited in local and out-of-state group shows in Arizona, California and New Mexico. Her art has been featured in Arizona Foothills Magazine, Visual Source, The New Times and Latino Perspectives Magazine. She was featured on New Times» culture blog, Jackalope Ranch, as one of the 100 Creatives of 2014. In 2012, BIC released special edition lighters featuring her art images. The lighter collection received a Silver Pentaward in Paris for the creative development of Hispanic Culture Series Package Design. Emily’s commission work includes Chicanos Por La Causa, XICO Inc. and the Arts & Business Council of Greater Phoenix. Her paintings are included in the corporate collections of W.P. Carey School of Business/A.S.U. and Wells-Fargo. She is a member of the Phoenix Fridas art collective, serves on the board of Cultural Coalition, is a volunteer at Arizona School for the Arts, and teaches art classes at Vision Kidz at Vision Gallery.