Laura Camila Medina (1995) is an interdisciplinary artist born in Bogotá, Colombia. Her work has been exhibited at the Center for Contemporary Art & Culture, Fuller Rosen Gallery, Wieden + Kennedy, the Portland Art Museum, Nationale, and with the Nat Turner Project. She was awarded the CCAM Fellowship at Yale University, the Individual Artist Fellowship from the Oregon Arts Commission in 2022, New Media Fellowship at Open Signal, Artist in Residence at the Living School of Art, ACRE Residency, and the Centrum Emerging Artist Residency. Alongside Angela Saenz, she is part of Maracuya con Leche, a collaborative project that encourages artists to participate in creative exchange with their community. Together they were the IPRC Artists & Writers in Residence in 2020 and were invited to the Caldera Artist Residency in 2022. She is represented by Nationale in Portland, OR. Medina earned her BFA at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and is currently a Painting and Printmaking MFA candidate at Yale University. 

Primarily through painting, I handle a variety of surfaces like paper, textiles, clay, and paper mache. By process of intuitive collage, I create analogies of memory composition and the spectrum of identity that blur the line between the handmade and the digitally created. I compose symbols from a personal mythology in combination with icons from Colombian and US popular culture through a process of experimental animation and video collage that is not linear, mass produced, or hyper-realistic. This hybrid approach allows me to translate paintings, sculptures, and video into immersive 3D rendered landscapes that play with texture, scale, and worldbuilding. I am deeply inspired by the kisses between mountains and sky from my birthplace of Bogotá, Colombia, my childhood intertwined within the fantasy landscapes of Disney World and immigrant microcosms of Orlando, FL, and the everyday navigation as a person living in the in-between. Currently, I am investigating Andean miniature sculptures, found collectivity, and auto-ethnography to continuously build an archive that addresses the complexities of cultural and national identity, “the American Dream”, gender, familial history, and personal/collective memory through an embodied perspective.