Through replication, scale, and perspective, Maryrose Cobarrubias Mendoza uses personal touch and common materials to transform the banal via drawing, sculpture, and installation toward visual poetry. Creating a visual language inspired by “things” helps restore parts of spoken language that were often absent or confusing during Mendoza's childhood, since neither her native nor non-native languages were fully formed when she immigrated. From the spaces between American, Filipino, and Filipino American cultures, Mendoza investigates colonized and decolonized perspectives reflecting circumstances of cultural amnesia and assimilation through the process of the handmade.
Mendoza's work has been exhibited at venues such as the Pacific Asia Museum, Los Angeles County's Municipal Art Gallery, the Armory Center for the Arts, PlugIn Gallery, SOMA Arts, YYZ Artist Outlet, Commonwealth and Council, HudsonJones Gallery, and many others.
Mendoza’s work has been featured in publications including Asian Pacific Sculpture News, the Nomadic Journal, the Globe and Mail, and City Beat, among others. She is a recipient of a COLA Individual Artist Fellowship, a NY Art Matters Fellowship, and others. She has participated in artist-in-residence programs at Yaddo Artist Residency, Joshua Tree Highlands Residency, and Art Space Yosuga in Kyoto, Japan.
She currently lives and works in Los Angeles County where she is an Associate Professor and Drawing Coordinator at Pasadena City College.