To Be a Wonder Woman
BY JEN KHEDAROO
Claudia P. Marulanda Gomez, an artist from Colombia living in Briarwood, recently opened her first-ever exhibition at a gallery in Manhattan. Her exhibition featured her work under the ultimate, inspiring girl-power theme of “Wonder Women.”
The exhibition explores those who possesses the qualities found in powerful women. It also dives into how relatable these qualities 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 we need to express it,” Marulanda said. “We are beautiful and powerful; sexy and smart; sweet and ambitious; and lastly, 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 takes about 30 hours. Marulanda credits painting with helping her deal with commitment. Usually,she claims she’s an impatient person, but she’s 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.
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