Extraña Mi Tierra Series

Alejandra Mercedez Pacheco-Quezada

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By: Alejandra Mercedez Pacheco-Quezada

“Extraña Mi Tierra” Series –

This series was developed as a reflection of personal experiences and mundane life connecting to the diaspora in El Salvador. These works are created in context to the traditional style of EXVOTO art rooted in Latin American cultural and Roman Catholic Influences. This style of work typically has 3 elements: Story, Image, Iconography. These 4 works in the series “Extraña Mi Tierra” contain these 3 traditional elements however, applied in a contemporary approach in the medium of oil and airbrush painting.

“Zapatero” 36” x 48”

“Mi Locura Luna” 24” x 36”

“Pájaro Chido” 24” x 48”

“En El Pueblo” 48” x 60”

(L) “Mi Locura Luna” 24” x 36”

(R) “En El Pueblo” 48” x 60”

(R) “Zapatero” 36” x 48” (L)“Pájaro Chido” 24” x 48”

“Extraña Mi Tierra” series:

(X4) Oil and Airbrush on Canvas, 2024

Other Recent Works:

“Cuerpos Eterna”

(X2) 24″ X 36″

Oil on Canvas, 2023

“La Libertad”

22″ X 28″

Oil on Canvas, 2023


18″ X 24″

Oil on Canvas, 2024

“Opacity” 2023

Collage on Hardboard 8″ X 10″

“Feminicide” 2023

Collage on wood 10″ X 10″

“The Human Puzzle” 2023

Collage on Foamcore 12″ X 18″

My artistic practise focuses on themes of Self, experiences, and politics. I have been reconnecting with my culture and traveling in the past years and using this as an opportunity for research and cultural exchange in both my personal life as well as with the audience of my work. Typically I like to collage as a meditative low stakes part of my practise or include lots of negative space in my work. I enjoy using language as a medium in my work and have been exploring this with painting and collage over the past years; for works that include text, it is in either English and/or Spanish but, not translated as I feel that is not as important to have everything be explicitly explained.

CV Short/Group Exhibitions:

  • 2024 – ECU Grad Show, Michael O’Brien Exhibition Commons, Vancouver, BC
  • 2023 – Towards Transformation, Neighborhood Gallery, Vancouver, BC
  • 2023 Alienation, Michael O’Brien Exhibition Commons, Vancouver, BC
  • 2022 VAST Outreach, ECUAD Faculty Gallery, Vancouver, BC
  • 2022 SHITSHOW, Neighbourhood Gallery, Vancouver, BC
  • 2021 -Multicultural Art Fair, Mimex Society, Virtual Reality Showcase
  • 2020 ECU Foundation Show, Michael O’Brien Exhibition Commons, Vancouver, BC

Alejandra Mercedez Pacheco-Quezada

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Alejandra Mercedez Pacheco-Quezada (b. 2002) is a First Generation Canadian-Latina painter. Alejandra uses the mediums of photography, printmaking, collage and ceramics in tandem with her painting practice. Her current practise uses themes surrounding the intersections of identity, culture, duality, femininity, politics, and iconography. As a Settler living on the stolen land of the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the xwməθkwəy̓ əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱ wú7mesh (Squamish), and səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil- Waututh) Nations in which they create and work upon. Alejandra has a BFA in Visual Arts and a Minor in Curatorial Studies at Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Alejandra also works as a Custom Framing Consultant and Designer in Vancouver BC.

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