Nature Insideout

Eliza Barrios

Cause and Effect 2009 - site-specific installation mixed media (digital
prints, pins, mirrors)

What defines a woman? Does it matter? This installation addresses these
questions and more. Formed in a grid and meant to be experienced through
mirrors, Cause and Effect is a visual landscape that maps 26 years of my
body's response to my environments.

Eliza O. Barrios is a multidisciplinary artist. Her work ranges from installation, performative to new media art which draws from her background as a queer american filipina. Barrios is inspired by her fervent curiosity of how ephemeral space is perceived in relation to systems of belief. Barrios' work has been exhibited at museums, film festivals, and new media festivals internationally and domestically, including the Optica Festival (Gijón, Spain), New Forms Festival (Vancouver, Canada), International Turin Gay & Lesbian Film Festival,  Museum of Contemporary Art (Oahu, Hawaii) and Mag:Net: Gallery - Katinpunan (Manila, Philippines). Barrios holds a B.A. from San Francisco State University and an M.F.A. from Mills College. She has received an Honorary Fellowship from the Djerassi Resident Artists Program.

Barrios is also a member of Mail Order Brides/M.O.B. Mail Order Brides/M.O.B For over a decade, Eliza “Neneng” Barrios, Reanne “Immaculata” Estrada and Jenifer “Baby” Wofford have worked collaboratively as Mail Order Brides/M.O.B., a group of Filipina American artists engaged in an ongoing collaborative investigation of culture, race and gender. While traditionally, “real” mail order brides are thought of as ideal obedient domestics, it has not escaped this trio’s attention that, acronymically speaking, “Mail Order Brides” abbreviates down to a more sinister series of initials that inform the darker subtext of their connivings and conspirings. They are committed to making the world a more delicious and harmonious place. Their work ranges from video, performative to public art. Mail Order Brides/M.O.B. have shown in various musuems, galleries and film festivals including the DeYoung Museum (San Francisco, CA), the Mix Festival (New York, NY), SF International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (San Francisco CA) and the Luggage Store Gallery (San Francisco, CA).