Corrina Espinosa's artwork

Movement Studio Demo Artist Corrina Espinosa

Corrina Espinosa will be in the Movement Studio demonstrating Objects in Motion on June 11–12 and October 8–9.

Brook Lundquist: What will your demonstration in the studio look like? What can you tell me about your upcoming demonstration?

Corrina Espinosa: I will bring two core schemes to this demonstration: Lights and action! My plan is to demonstrate implied motion through color-shifting/blinking lights—creating the illusion of motion with the trickery of color theory. I’ll also demonstrate tangible kinetic motion with the use of small motors, springs, elastic, and cam-based mechanisms, which bring puppets and other handmade critters to life. The projects I will be sharing are created by combining collage and found objects with DIY electronics, either with simple analog circuitry or coded with the open-source Arduino platform.

Movement implies life, which has always been my primary artistic obsession. I use motion to bring inanimate, seemingly ordinary objects to life.

– Corrina Espinosa

BL: How would you describe your style as an artist?

CE: My style is certainly unique; it is often referred to as time-based, or new media. My work exists where art and science collide. It brings together the creative, conceptual, and aesthetic attributes of fine art with the fresh, functional, and fascinating properties of new technology. The aesthetics of each work range from fun and whimsical to dark, humorous, and even downright creepy. Conceptually, this particular body of work tackles a variety of contemporary cultural themes including artificial intelligence, robotics, sentiency, biotechnology, and mutation… to name a few.

BL: Why movement in art? Why do you think movement is an important aspect of your creative process and/or artistic expression?

CE: Movement implies life, which has always been my primary artistic obsession. I use motion to bring inanimate, seemingly ordinary objects to life. Each object is given a small brain (a circuit) and with this, the gift of pseudo-sentiency. These creatures are unique, imperfect, wonky, and bizarre—true to the spirit of actual biological life. They certainly have character as they fumble through the little lives of their own. I think technology is imperative for the future of art, and contemporary artists should grab ahold or be left behind.

BL: Ultimately, what do you want your art to achieve and/or communicate?

CE: By recreating or imitating life in new and different, shifting forms I hope to communicate a more profound comprehension and a renewed perspective on the complexity of LIFE. I see the merging of art and science through technology as a vital avenue for contemplating and coming to terms with grand notions and the deeper meaning of life.

Espinosa was born and raised in Denver. In addition to being a working artist, Espinosa is in her final year of graduate school at the University of Colorado (CU Boulder) where she is pursuing her master of fine arts degree. When she is not in school Espinosa helps run an artist co-op in Denver called Good Thieves Press.

Brook Lundquist is a studio and artist programs intern in the learning and engagement department at the Denver Art Museum. Brook is working toward her bachelor’s degree in art history and studio art at Texas Christian University.