Isabel Pardo
Isabel Pardo is an artist and curator based in Baltimore, MD. She has a BFA in Painting, Art History, and Curatorial Studies from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Curatorial projects include “This Is Not The End,” a virtual exhibit in January 2021 and MICA’s 2019 Exhibition Development Seminar’s ‘Historically Hysterical’ at Baltimore’s Peale Center. Solo exhibitions include, "Have You Seen the Horsemen Yet?" at The Alchemy of Art in Baltimore, MD, "Half Sinner, All Saint," virtually at The Aerogramme Center for Art and Culture, and "False Idols" at the Baltimore Theatre Project's John Fonda Gallery. Inspired by surrealism and alchemy, She strives to create dynamic experiences for the viewer through multimedia paintings and immersive assemblage installations.
My work is derived from the otherworldly. Working primarily in watercolor and gouache, symbols of astrology, tarot, and alchemy are plucked from the past and brought to the present with graphic forms of color and multilayered compositions. In the process of referencing imagery, I play a game of telephone peeling context and image to attach new meaning through new relationships and the passage of time. I infuse my familial connections to Costa Rica and Italy to create a personal landscape of joyful fantasy, reverence to nature and history, and a language of folklore and storytelling.