NATALIE OLAYA



Tengo Hambre 


This piece discusses my response to my experience with the diaspora of Latinx people. In Tengo Hambre, I blur the lines between my home city of Queens andColombia.





8 feet x 3 feet mural, accompanied with music
Spring 2019
Tengo Hambre discusses my perspective of the diaspora and my experience living between two worlds.




Within Tengo Hambre, there are iconic brands, logos and familiar foods, buildings and areas that remind me of who I am and where I am from.




Collages

No Hay Comida


Venezuela is in the worst economic crisis in its history. Hyperinflation, hunger, disease, and crime grips the country. Citizens of Venezuela are starving, eating out of garbage trucks, fleeing the country, pleading and placing themselves in the way of bullets and tear gas for some help. This economic crisis, this injustice my brothers and sisters are facing must be talked about since the ‘President’ of Venezuela has refused to recognize the reality of the situation.




Digital Collage, postcards
Spring 2019








C-O-L-O-M-B-I-A

Abstracting letters from typeface to create patterns and imagery






C-O-L-O-M-B-I-A
Digital Collage
 Fall 2018

Bogota is known for their street art, walls covered by intense stories and visuals alongside taggings. Inspired by graffitti and the complexity behind tagging and lettering, I took a typeface that resembled “graffitti” type and further complicated it.

Traditional and modern Colombian textiles are colorful and filled with intense patterns and visuals. The color schemes behind each pattern reflected the intense colors seen in textiles.

Each pattern is made up of one letter in the word “Colombia”.
                                 


Birds of a Dead Paradise


I read an article about the recent extinction of the Blue Macaws and wanted to honor birds from South America while reminding  people how important and beautiful perservation is.





Birds of a Dead Paradise
Digital Collage
 Fall 2018

Taking each element and feature of the Blue Macaw and their habitat, I created a pattern collage out of the cutouts.

The first part of the collection are elements from photographs taken of the Blue Macaws while the second part of the collection are more focused on the color and shapes from each extinct bird from South America.
                               


See similar: Colombia


Collages

Olaya x Jada Akoto


Using elements from  C-O-L-O-M-B-I-A I merged colors and patterns with Jada Akoto's images and text




Digital Collage
Fall 2018




NATALIE OLAYA