Maritza Dávila-Irizarry 
1952. Puerto Rico.
Lives and works in Memphis, USA.
Founder and Director of the Atabeira Press studio.

2018, Klyce Family Fund Benjamin Goodman Faculty Award. 
1982, Professor Emeritus at the Memphis College of Art where she was professor of fine arts and the head of printmaking.
1977, MFA, Pratt Institute, NYC, USA.
1974, BFA, Universidad de Puerto Rico. 

Solo and group exhibitions, collections: USA, Europe, the Caribbean and Asia: Madrid, Spain; Paris France; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Puerto Rico.

Residencies: Argentina, Italy, Spain, Scotland and Canada. 
Publications: Printmakers Today, Georgia College & State University, Latin American Woman Artists of the United States, Robert Henkes.
She has given lectures about printmaking, hand made paper, artists-books and education in the Instituto de Cultura in Puerto Rico, Southern Graphics Council and Mid America Print Council.

Maritza Davila


Map of an identity

11.06.2018 to 06.07.2018

The thread that runs through my work is ancestry - the collection of inseparable qualities that, through blood and culture and beyond my ability to control, made me who I’m.

I cannot control past events that have shaped me, but I can choose how I regard my essential self.

In this conceptual pursuit, I am addressing several areas. How do culture, verbal language and visual language affect the thinking process of bilingual experiences?, Is there another visual world within the one already in my work?. And, how can visual schematics convey more than one possibility or be used as a metaphor to convey more than one idea?

I often use the image of a house structure to represent home – but are there other, more subtle properties within the schematic of a house structure that could expand that meaning? Can such schematics create visual riddles?

My artwork reflects these questions and experiences framed within frames. Exteriors blend with interiors and geometric shapes contrast with the organic to reveal shadings of womanhood, home relationships, environment and roots. Color and texture create an atmosphere of emotional and spiritual evolution.

This discourse on ancestry is represented by memories that are woven or contemplated through symbols of passage: windows, arches, doorways and gates. What I see, remember or pass through includes elements of family, culture and religion as well as social, racial and gender facets of life. In a word: Identity.