"In a world where a six-hour airplane plane flight can transplant a person into a completely alien world, cultural identity is retained through rituals surrounding clothing, language, and food. Having relocated from my native Venezuela to the United States as a teenager, I became aware of the layers of 'skin' that define and separate cultures – one's own skin, the second skin of clothing, the shell of one's dwelling place – all these protecting the vital space of one's hidden identity.
"As an interdisciplinary artist, my site-specific installations and performances map the tension between retaining one's identity and assimilating a foreign persona, while referencing obscure anatomy and the body as an alternate artifact."
Saskia Jorda was born in Caracas, Venezuela and works with site-specific installations, drawings, and performances that map the tension between retaining one's identity and assimilating a foreign persona. She recieved her BFA in Painting from Arizona State University in 2000, her MFA from the School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, in 2004 and studied at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2005. Jorda has exhibtited at Grand Central Art Center in Santa Ana, CA, Modified Arts Gallery in Phoenix, AZ, Richard Hayler in Dallas,TX, Step Gallery, Arizona State University in Tempe, AZ, and Historic Hotel San Carlos in Phoenix, AZ. She has also participated in many group exhibtions locally and internationally. These internatioal venues include Haidian Theater in Beijing, China, Museo de Arte Moderno y Centro Cultural de España in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, Festival Internacional de Arte Contemporaneo in Leon, Mexico, Art Basel and Volta in Basel, Switzerland, and Kunst in Het Geuzenhuis in Ghent, Belgium. In 2015 she was awarded the Arlene and Morton Scult Contemporary Forum Artist Award, Contemporary Forum from the Phoenix Art Museum. Previously she has been the recipient of several other awards and honors. Jorda currently lives and works in Arizona.