Ana Elisa Benavent (México) My creative process is a deep excavation, a dissection of the emotional process between soul and sight. I do not want viewers to see what I see in my work, but to get immersed in their own version, in their own experience … in their own story. Joy, love, sorrow, frustration, excitement… A warm orange red cheers up a gloomy midnight blue… A bold, jealous, deep purple takes over… Let’s invite a bit of white to make peace. And so these large fields of color start talking to and playing with each other, layer over layer, foundation colors under translucent colors under contrasting colors, it’s all a moving target of shapes, lines, and textures. Rolling, brushing, dripping, spattering. They all add up to tell the story. Technically, my work is highly influenced by color field abstract expressionism, a style in which I ventured during the 15 years I lived in Washington DC. It consists primarily of medium and large-format acrylic and mixed media works on wood, where countless overlapping layers of color express the complexity of emotions. I studied abstractionism, color, mixed media, expressionism, encaustic and monotypes, among others, in The Art League in Alexandria, VA and the Atlantic Pyramid Art Center in Washington, DC, mainly under the tutelage of Marsha Staiger. I have exhibited solo and collectively in New York, Washington, DC, and Mexico City. My work has been recognized by the Washington DC Council for the Arts and Humanities, the Arlington and the Alexandria Town Hall Councils in Virginia, and the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, Virginia. In addition, I have received reviews in The Washington Post, The Examiner, and the Washington Blade, among others. I recently relocated to Mexico City, my home town.