My work seeks to unveil the beauty of life unseen from a scientific lens that, together with a Christ-centred perspective, strives to convey that biological forms have been thoughtfully and purposefully designed. When magnified through a microscope, our seemingly mundane world reveals a magical landscape, teeming with beauty and the strokes of pure genius that allude to the handiwork of a Grand Designer.
Often using micrographs or x-rays as reference material, my work offers a window into this mysterious and microscopic realm. I am captivated by the process of translating scientific renderings into sculptural artworks. Through my unique creations, I strive to capture a sense of wonder and imagination showcasing the elegance, complexity and intelligent design as evidenced within life itself.
"I desire to glorify God through artwork that aims to capture the purposeful design of creation, highlighting its intricate beauty through a scientific lens. I aspire to engage with individuals who are eager for a fresh perspective, as I unveil the splendour of creation through my unique artworks, aiming to evoke a deep sense of joy, awe, and wonder in the hearts and minds of those on the quest for beauty in the unexpected."
Since the tender age of two, art has captured my heart. Even if barely able to grasp a pencil, I would joyfully spend hours squiggling away with anything that left a mark—crayons, paints, chalk — with each material serving as an avenue that further fuelled my fascination with shapes, textures and colours. Art has been woven into the fabric of my life story ever since. My mother deserves immense credit for identifying my artistic leanings early on and unwaveringly supporting my passion throughout the years. Even after we immigrated from Colombia to Canada when I was eleven, her encouragement continued to nourish my growing love for art, steering me toward an academic pursuit in Fine Arts.
Yet, two years into my Fine Arts degree, life took a sharp turn—I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. That diagnosis became the compass guiding my artistic journey, shaping the trajectory of the work I would eventually create.
My last chemotherapy treatment in 2012.
Having endured a gruelling two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer fundamentally transformed my perception of life and art. It deeply impacted my understanding of my humanity, sparking a quest to understand the miracle that is life through a scientific, philosophical, and spiritual lens. My encounters with CT scans, MRIs, and X-rays kindled a fascination with micrographs—photographs taken through microscopes—revealing the intricate intelligence and complexity of the human body at a cellular level. These microscopic glimpses into cellular structures fascinated me, revealing the intricate intelligence, information and complexity found in life that pointed beyond nature itself, but rather to its Grand designer.
'Eukarya,' my first micrograph inspired artwork, created in 2011 in the midst of chemotherapy treatments.
'Makros Phagein" inspired by the micrograph of a white blood cell addressed my specific battle with a type of blood cancer.
During that dark chapter in my life, the creative drive embedded within me since childhood had found a purpose. My journey with cancer provided a meaningful foundation for my artistic vision. Exploring life forms through the images of powerful microscopes and other medical imaging devices became an endless wellspring of inspiration, shaping both the visual aesthetics of my work and its philosophical essence. Six years after my cancer diagnosis, another transformation unfolded—this time through the Gospel of Christ. This spiritual renewal revitalized my spirit, heart, and mind, enabling me to intertwine my artistic fervour, experience as a cancer survivor, my love of nature, and devotion to the Lord into my art.
These experiences have ignited in me a desire to glorify God as I aim to capture through art, the purposeful design of creation, highlighting its intricate beauty through a scientific lens. I aspire to engage with individuals who are eager for a fresh perspective, as I unveil the splendour of creation through my unique artworks, aiming to evoke a deep sense of joy, awe, and wonder in the hearts and minds of those on the quest for beauty in the unexpected.
Gina resides in Guelph, ON with her beloved husband and son and works out of her home based studio and gallery.