Kimberly Orjuela is a Colombian-born visual artist currently based in Montreal, Canada. She is a storyteller who uses her status as a woman of the Latinx diaspora to create figurative terracotta clay sculptures that draw inspiration from artistic traditions of pre-Columbian history. Kimberly's work is an effort to preserve, elevate and focus attention on her culture while reinforcing her connection to her ancestors and providing a sense of purpose in her community.
Her work has been exhibited in Montreal at La Centrale Galerie (2021), Pierre François Ouellette Art Contemporain (2022), Art Mùr (2023) and McClure Gallery (2023). Her practice has been supported by grants from Concordia University (2021,2022,2023) and the Guldagergaard - International Centre for Ceramic Research (Skælskør, Denmark) where she was an artist-in-residence in 2022. She will exhibit her work at the Outsider Art Fair in New York in 2024.
El Boga Residency
Kimberly's overall goal with her residency is to learn the ancestral techniques and processes of terracotta clay in Colombia. She is interested in exploring the possibilities of practicing ceramics in a more environmentally friendly way. Her residency is part of a project where she seeks to explore the relationship between mental health and the environment. Another personal goal is to connect with her Colombian culture and heritage.