LA photographer Monica Orozco riffs, a la Cindy Sherman, on current obsessions such as selfies, Hollywood, fashion-glamour nostalgia and, most importantly, herself. Monica’s a 45-year-old woman who’s unafraid, fiercely so. She recently created the “Marrakesh” series, originally staged for the Palos Verde Art Center and shot on location at a historic Palm Desert home. TCG is most grateful to PVAC director Joe Baker for eyeing our gallery as the perfect spot for the outspoken Orozco’s next grouping, which includes new works from Orozco.
A southern-California native, Monica molds mischievously the LA experience, including themes related to her Mexican-American heritage and the glamorous iconography of cinema history. Traditional portrayals of women as the object of the male gaze are undermined with humor and buffo antics. Fashion imagery is appropriated, and scenes depicting a life of upper-class ease are re-inhabited by the rambunctious, delightfully accessible artist.
Also, Orozco’s “Photo of the Day” has run daily for three years on multiple social media streams, generating excitement about the photos’ contents, composition and creativity. As the “Photo of the Day” project continues to grow, Monica plans to compile 1000 self-portraits to tell the story of creative liberation: from artist to subject, from three-dimensional woman to two-dimensional wonder, from tangible to temporary.