Mariana Bolaños is a Mexican sculptor based in Toronto. Her body of works engage with themes of migration, social justice and gender equality. Often inspired by nature and nature’s cycles of life and death as symbols of resilience, she uses the medium of ceramic as means to convey the stories of where she comes from and her identity as a woman and an immigrant.
Mariana’s experience with ceramics began in Mexico—extracting clay directly from nature. Drawing on these memories has made the language of the raw material important in her unique pieces. Paying close attention to the roundness of the form, the malleability of clay and the building of textures on the surface, her works alludes to the forms of life and fertility.