University of the Ozarks senior Azalia Molina will present her senior art show, “Honduras, Prefiero Verte con Alegría,” May 3-12 in the Stephens Gallery.
There will be a lecture by Molina from 3-4 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2, in Baldor Auditorium in the Boreham Business Building. There will also be a reception to meet the artist from 4-5 p.m. on May 10 in the gallery, which is located in the Walton Fine Arts Center.
Molina is a business administration and studio art major from Tegucigalpa, Honduras. Her show, “Honduras, Prefiero Verte con Alegría,” translates to “Honduras, I Rather See You with Happiness.”
Molina said the themes and content of her artwork keeps her close to her roots.
“My work keeps me true to my childhood memories and passionate about the rich culture, folklore and heritage of my country,” she said. “I was raised in a family that celebrated and valued Honduran culture and traditions, which developed sentiments of pride and optimism of a better country, one that, despite the insecurity and economic instability, is still rich and abundant. Authentic food, folkloric dances, religious celebrations, stories and artisan markets have all become synonyms of richness and abundance that I cling to as I find myself in a different culture away from home. My work results in collecting personal memories and experiences to expose the rich, extravagant and unique country I get to call home through icons and themes of Honduran history and popular lifestyle.”
Molina uses a variety of art mediums and processes in each project. However, her methodology is consistent.
“I begin with researching a general theme, sketching, determining the materials and the forms of the work, and then I focus on the concept as I bring the artwork to life,” she said. “Although there may not always be material similarities between my different projects, they are linked by the use of brilliant, saturated colors and a naïve style, in which traditional rules of proportion and perspective are not employed.”
Molina’s work includes a series of sculptural vessels, “Chronology of Honduran History,” depicting the history of Honduras through the narrative of the national anthem; oil paintings, “Viacrucis Multicolor” and “El Mayoreo,” which draw attention to the artisans and working class; and prints with watercolor painting that use iconic designs of authentic food and snacks, such as “Hora del Cafecito” and “Pescado del Lago.”
“I often find myself immersed with joy and nostalgia as I remember my lifestyle and the simple things that connect me to Honduras,” Molina said. “Through the playful imagery in my artwork, I want the viewer to see the world through my eyes, make connections to their own memories, and reflect back on what they call home.”