Paloma Trecka creates collage-based work that explores abstraction in both the flat medium of collage and through time-based media. In her relief works, Trecka pushes the language of collage by abandoning representational imagery and eliminating figurative signifiers. Her abstract compositions explore expressionist painting issues through the medium of paper and various low relief materials. Her nonobjective interplays of color, forms and spaces deny narrative references and representations of life outside of the medium. Her collages reveal rhythmic repetitions that confound single point of view illusory spaces through layers of cardboard in lieu of paint, often careening into the realms of bas-relief and sculpture.
Paloma Trecka is an artist and educator based in Chicago. She studied Studio Art and Design for the Theater in Montreal and has a BFA from Concordia University. She is currently teaching about the history, art and industry of animation at Columbia College Chicago and at DePaul University.
Paloma was raised by artists and anthropologists and grew up in an environment filled with music, folklore and art. She spent her childhood in New Orleans, attending to pageantry, performance and gleaning the treasures left on the street by Mardi Gras krewes. As a teenager, she was a photographer and accompanied her ethnomusicologist father to Haiti to document the art, rituals and music of Haitian voodoo.
Post-graduation, she went to Toronto to pursue a career as a costume and set designer. There she found work as an animation artist and this eventually led to becoming an award-winning director of short forms for broadcast design, and then to becoming an educator in Chicago. Chicago is where she thrives on many cultural levels and where she has resided for two decades. Mexico is in her heartbeat and her birth city Xalapa is her soul.