We are pleased to present a solo exhibition featuring the work of L.A. based artist Estela Sanchez. Since graduating from Pomona College in 2017, Sanchez has participated in several performance-based events and exhibitions across Los Angeles and the Coachella Valley, their place of birth. As part of their practice, Sanchez has created, imbibed in and liberated a selection of shape-shifting personas that carry out rituals for transformation of the spirit and matter. They sometimes engage in participatory practices that invite the audience to partake in these rituals that regularly employ the elements of water and earth. Other times they perform the rituals while sleeping and form sculptures out of clay that record the movements of the body in its dream state. The landscape of the Coachella Valley is brought inside the home and inside the gallery, literally and figuratively, then re-formed and presented anew. This transformation occurs on levels of the spirit, mind and body, but also that of matter and it is often governed by the rules of coyōtl (coyote in Nahuatl), the trickster, albeit an earnest one. Through performance, installation, photography, sculpture and video, Sanchez will enchant and entice you to delve into the world of Coachilicue and their other shapeshifting personas. The exhibition is free and open to the public.
The Chan Gallery is open 10 a.m.-noon and 2-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- Pomona College
- Chan Gallery, Studio Art Hall
- Room: 123
- 370 Columbia Ave.