Gomez’s exhibition will feature her work under the theme of “Wonder Women.”
The exhibition explores what qualities we find in Wonder Women and how relatable they are to us within our day-to-day lives. Marulanda is especially expressing the different traits that make up a Wonder Woman.
“The true beauty is in our personalities, who we are deep down and our need to express it,” Marulanda said. “We are beautiful and powerful, sexy and smart, sweet and ambitious, classy and courageous.”
“We are go-getters, passionate and fearless,” she added. “We are limitless and we need to learn to believe in ourselves and accept that we are great.”
Although she had always done art pieces in the past, with a focus on drawings, Marulanda decided to pick up painting three years ago.
She worked in the graphic design field for 15 years but wanted to pursue a passion that allowed her creativity to expand and evolve. Marulanda collected images and illustrations from various projects to depict various personalities in paintings.
To make a piece, it takes more or less about 30 hours. Marulanda credits art with helping her deal with commitment because overall she claims she’s an impatient person who is learning how to work with the clock some more.
“You learn that with art, it’s about layering and layering and you continue to build a piece,” Marulanda said.
During classes taken at the School of Visual Arts and the Art Students League, Marulanda learned to paint distinct portraits.
From the lessons, she’s learned to look at a subject in a different way to create the most impactful portraits, with techniques such as dealing with different lighting, adding texture and learning how the smoothness of one’s skin will translate with color. It’s a different beast to conquer than her childhood art practices.
“Drawing is all lines and painting is creating something by applying color,” she said.
But there are aspects of her painting that feature line art. The women in Marulanda’s paintings all feature a unique hair style.
While the faces in the paintings can be soft or flat, with the use of oil or acrylic paints, the hair always stands out due to the tight lines and bold colors used.
She explained that at first, she did not know how to paint realistic hair. The idea was actually inspired by a magazine illustration piece.
“I started by playing with little lines,” Marulanda said. “Then I just started filling them out and I ended up liking it so I wanted to continue developing it.”
“Their hair and makeup are meant to inspire, seduce and captivate us,” she added. “It’s a way to showcase our individual styles.”
Although she doesn’t have a favorite piece, adding, “it’s like not picking who your favorite child is,” Marulanda is thrilled with the progress of an art piece entitled “Bewitch” that she once painted for an ex-boyfriend.
She recreated an originally darker and gloomy image into a glamorous painting that grabs hold of your attention immediately.
Other popular paintings include the striking “Blueberry” piece showcasing wild, bold and blue hair, and “Passion,” which involves typography within the subject’s hair.
In the future, Marulanda hopes that some of her art will include more typography, a form of art that she has mastered over the past few years. With future projects, she hopes to use typography for positive outlooks for people.
“For myself, if I’m going to have a piece of art, I want something that will make me feel good,” she said.
If you are interested in attending the exhibition, visit www.facebook.com/ClaudiaMarulandaArtist or go to wonderwomen.eventbrite.com.