January 13, 2023 Duc Tinh

Northwestern Gallery Hosts Artist Magaly Ohika

Winsted, CT – Northwestern CT Community College is excited to host Love Letters, a solo exhibit by artist Magaly Ohika, in the Gallery at Founder’s Hall, February 2 through March 2, 2023. An opening reception is scheduled for Thursday, February 2, 4 to 7 p.m. Both the gallery and the reception are open to the public.

Ohika is a bilingual, second generation Puerto Rican born in Manhattan’s Alphabet City and raised in Spanish Harlem, New York. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in fashion and general illustration from The Fashion Institute of Technology. Her professional experience includes toy and character design for several toy manufacturers and animators.

Ohika works in a variety of mediums, including watercolor, gouache, acrylic, graphite, charcoal, pastel, and china pencil on paper. In addition to drawing and painting, she creates hand sewn and painted dolls and other soft sculpture with salvaged scraps of linen and cotton. She paints boxes, shoes, bags, and lampshades, creating intimate worlds populated with vivid colors and whimsical characters.

Ohika says she has been drawing her whole life and can’t imagine her life without art. When she was little she drew with anything she could find, including her mother’s nail polish and eyeliner. Making art became a way for her to create a world all to herself.

When I create, I explore the deepest, most vulnerable parts of myself, Ohik says in her artist bio. When my five year old self takes over, that’s when we have fun. I trust her, and she guides my process. She knows what to do – even though she’s a wild card! We create new worlds and safe spaces for our most tender emotions.

In 2005, Ohika moved to Connecticut to live ‘off the grid’ in the woods, joining a cooperative community in the Northwest Corner of the state. For almost two decades she has lived between Connecticut and Puerto Rico, working and exhibiting at Galeria Exodo in Puerto Rico, as well as art fairs in Old San Juan. She has also exhibited in group shows at the Rose Algrant Art Show in West Cornwall and at The Creative Festival in Torrington.

While I work, I disappear, lost in the wilderness of process, Ohika’s statement also states. It’s like writing love letters to myself. Even when I paint abstractions, soft edged sculptural shapes animate with a life of their own, making poetic relationships in space. They form and greet, and I know it’s right when they evoke the euphoria of love and joy.

The Gallery at Founders Hall is located at 4 Park Place, Winsted. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about the exhibit please contact Gallery Coordinator and Graphics Design Instructor, Deb Kline at dkline@nwcc.edu.


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