Weaving technologies with impressions of history, acclaimed artist Grimanesa Amorós structures connections between moments in time. Amorós is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist interested in social history, scientific research, and critical theory. Her art conveys a sense of ephemeral wonder where past meets future, inspiring viewers to become agents of empowerment. She uses sculpture, video, and lighting to create works that illuminate our notions of personal identity and community. She spoke at TEDGlobal 2014, and was a recipient of the NEA Visual Artist Fellowship and the NEA Artist Travel Grant. She has exhibited in the United States, Europe, Middle East, Asia and Latin America. Grimanesa was honored as a CODAworx Creative Revolutionary in 2022.

My Projects


    While journeying throughout India, I could not help but notice the vast array of cable lines across the horizon. Wires upon wires laid atop one another, in every direction, from every vantage point, some thick, some thin, some twisted, some knotted, some straight, some with clear direction, others following unknowable paths. Tangled, and yet, in the end, all functional. Wires keep the world connected and give people the ability to relate to one another. Even today, in a world moving away from the physicality of copper and fiber wires, the invisible trajectories of a wireless universe – waves and spectrum – represent the same thing: the integral and ancient connections, the essential linking points among and between people.


    As early as 300 AD, the ancient Hohokam Indians, located in northern Arizona, were one of the first cultures to rely on irrigation canals. The communities' environmental engineering improved access to river water and changed the lives of the inhabitants. Evolving from these ideas and inspired by the natural Arizona’s canals, GOLDEN WATERS, a large-scale temporary light sculpture installation, is mounted on the secure structures of The Soleri Bridge, located just southwest of the intersection of Scottsdale and Camelback Roads.


    Creating immersive large-scale sculptures requires an understanding of how our environment affects our state of mind and wellbeing. My site-specific light sculpture SCIENTIA will engage visitors in a dialogue with the surrounding architecture and community, encouraging moments of self-reflection and personal realization while simultaneously creating connection through the medium of light. The project’s name SCIENTIA is a Latin word meaning knowledge, experience, and expertise. The word implies a socially interactive activity; the seeking and sharing of wisdom. This artwork will explore the human connection using our elemental understanding of the world—fire, water, earth, and light. Through this primordial immersion, SCIENTIA provides a means of accessing our emotional selves that nurtures wellbeing and promotes community engagement.