Isabella Cruz-Chong (b.1989) is an installation and performance artist. Her works often combine raw materials—such as dirt, metal and water—with sound, software and hardware creating an interactive physical system. Isabella’s subject matter stems from her experience growing up crossing the international border between Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego, California. Through this lens, she addresses personal and social boundaries, and in-between mind states and territories. Her attempt is to manifest integration by blurring dividing lines while fostering self-awareness.
Isabella received an MFA from Parsons School of Design and a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been featured in exhibitions nationally and internationally, including Mana Wynwood Art Week, Miami, FL (2017); CACtTUS, Long Beach, CA (2017); New York Immigration Coalition, New York, NY (2017); Smack Mellon, Brooklyn, NY (2016); Botox Temple Street, Hong Kong (2016) and SXSW, Austin, TX (2015). She has been highlighted in Art F City and was part of the panel discussion, “Community Practices: Art and Intervention” at Smack Mellon (2016). Isabella was a mentee at NYFA Immigrant Artist Program (IAP). She is currently an artist in residence at Smack Mellon as a Van Lier Fellow and is a member of the Artist in Marketplace (AIM) program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. She also received an A.I.R. fellowship for the 2018-2019 term.