DEVIN CHICAS | LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
“Friendship in Season,” Nominated for the Creative Alliance Video Bake Off Competition (Stop-Motion animation co-produced with James Connors) (April 2010)
Maryland Institute College of Art Commencement Exhibition, Baltimore, MD (November 2011)
Exhibited artwork for “Women!” The Crofoot, Pontiac, MI (April 2011)
Forum Gallery Printmedia Show at Cranbrook Art Museum of Art, Bloomfield Hills. MI (February 2012)
Cranbrook Academy of Art Museum Graduate Show 2012, Bloomfield Hills, MI (May 2012)
Exhibited in B*tch Fest, The Haggus Society, Los Angeles, CA (July 2014)
Body Millenial/Whispered in Silence, LACC Da Vinci Hall, Los Angeles, CA (October 2014)
OVERSPUN/Mist Gallery (April - May 2015)
GalleryCLU in Twenty One Grams: Body Defined, Documented, Demystified (December 2015)
BIAA Group show, Korean Cultural Exchange Center, Osaka, Japan (2016)
BIAA Right Next to you, Gallery CLU, Los Angeles, CA (December 2017)
Lovers In Art: Devin Chicas & James Connors, Gallery CLU, Los Angeles, CA (March 2017)
Artwork featured in “Juxtapositions” MICA’s monthly publication (May 2010)
Presidential Scholarship, Maryland Institute College of Art, 2006-2007
Cranbrook Academy of Art
MFA, Major: Print Media, Cranbrook Academy of Art
Maryland Institute College of Art
BFA, Major: Printmaking, Minor: Animation, Maryland Institute College of Art
I am interested in the negotiation between material and subject matter as it pertains to ideas of gender, culture and class. My work often incorporates materials that are easily found and often associated with folkloric arts or craft contrasted with ideas of classic western art iconography. Having been surrounded by traditional feminine role models, scale plays an integral role in delivering intimacy, similar to the feeling of seeing women mend clothes for their family. I am interested in making art that is conscious of its existence as an art object rather than as an object with a utilitarian purpose. The assemblages I create are often grounded in the decorative arts that historically have been associated with domesticity and virtue. In my work, I seek to challenge the viewer to think of what they are seeing and question their notions of the materials used and the scale it is referencing.
Devin Chicas is a Los Angeles native who embodies the spirit of being the "jack of all trades" and received her BFA at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore. During her time as an undergrad, she worked on collaborative stop-motion projects and spent much of her time studying traditional methods of printmaking. She pursued her MFA at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. Her work incorporates various forms of art making that include but are not limited to sculpture, photography, printmaking, animation, graphic design and painting.
Most recently, Devin has been working on bodies of work that deal with perceptions of gender, fertility/infertility, deformities, abnormalities and sex with a focus on confronting the Latin American Male gaze. Through the use of various mediums she plays with scale, material and placement to make the viewer challenge their ideas of femininity and domesticity.
Her interest in art and culture have lead her to travel to many places abroad. During her visits to France, the Netherlands, Germany and Belgium she became very interested in the contrast between art history in Western Europe and Latin America. Being of Latin American parentage herself, her work tries to bridge the gap between traditional art making forms and folkloric arts that historically have been associated with primitive civilizations. With these ideas in mind, she tries to create works in which the hand of the artist is present and perfection is unimportant.