During the COVID-19 pandemic, Ortiz found sanity within repetition whilst projecting the heavily layered issues surrounding the current climate onto her work.
Ortiz used abstract forms and mark-making to display frustration and vulnerability. Casually approaching the techniques with a child-like sense of abandonment, stripping down to a layered narrative that is left to be found and picked up again by the viewer.
The use and contrast of the ‘found object’ tries to communicate not only what it once was, but how it motivates one to act in a certain way.
The random details and sense of disarray within the resulting structures brings something hauntingly familiar, whilst conveying the viruses' effect on society and the individuals within it.
Mazlyn Ortiz is an artist investigating the state of denial and the power of fear within society, resulting in commentary that revolves around childhood.
Ortiz’s work consists of found objects that are warped into a narrative using traditional textile techniques. The materials and process of manipulation explores how the innocence of childhood is the only place for true individuality.