Denise "The Vamp DeVille" Zubizarreta is a Puerto Rican and Cuban American Mixed Media Interdisciplinary Artist raised between Union City, NJ, and Hialeah, FL, currently living and working in Denver, CO. She is the former President of the Student Government Association at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design where she is completing her BFA in Fine art.

Zubizarreta recently presented The Modern Borikén (an award winning paper on the Puerto Rican Statehood movement and colonizations impact on the cultural identity of the Puerto Rican people) at the HERA (Humanities Education + Research Association) Conference hosted by University of Texas - El Paso and at the RMCAD Research Symposium where it won the Quality of Paper Research award.

 

Her artwork focuses on her connection to self through exploring childhood angst, chronic illness, PTSD, and cultural identity. It has been exhibited in gallery and in performance with Microtheater Miami, the Fort Lauderdale Fringe Festival, Emmanuel Art Gallery, Las Laguna Gallery, RedLine, CORE New Art Space, EDGE Gallery, D’Art Gallery, Cicada Magazine, BRDG Project, and the Providence Art Club. Her solo exhibition, “El Bohío Del Bohiti” will run from June 10th - July 8th in the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design’s Rotunda Gallery. 

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Zubizarreta creates mixed media artworks and immersive installations. By putting the viewer on the wrong track, her mixed media artworks reference post-colonial theory as well as the avant-garde or the post-modern with social justice as a form of resistance against the logic of the capitalist market system.

Her works demonstrate how life extends beyond its own subjective limits and often tells a story about the effects of Latiné cultural interaction over the latter half of the twentieth century. It challenges the binaries we continually reconstruct between Self and Other, between our own ‘cannibal’ and ‘civilized’ selves. By contesting the division between the realm of memory and the realm of experience, she absorbs the tradition of remembrance art into daily practice. This personal follow-up and revival of a past tradition is important as an act of meditation, representation, and remembrance.

Her works are aesthetically resilient and thematically interrelated, with the use of medium and material to unite memory and projection. “The possible seems true and the truth exists, but it has many faces”, as Hanna Arendt cites from Franz Kafka. By demonstrating the omnipresent lingering of a ‘corporate world’, she tries to create works in which the actual event still has to take place or just has ended: moments evocative of atmosphere and suspense that are part of a narrative thread. The drama unfolds elsewhere while the build-up of tension is frozen to become the memory of an event that will never take place outside of the imagination.