Isolina Minjeong Alva was born in Chicago, IL in 1997 to a pr
Along with these experiences, Isolina completed a studio assistantship with Victoria Jang in the summer of 2019 and an internship with Cristina Córdova in the fall of 2020. In the Spring of 2020, Isolina initiated an open-source cross-cultural artist archive called the Holy Compendium, whose mission is to question and build upon previous art historical methods. This project ultimately put Isolina in contact with ceramic activist Ayumi Horie, who Isolina is currently a research assistant for. You can find Isolina with Charlie in their Baltimore Clayworks resident artist space, teach classes & sculpting a dreamland of ceramic heroes!
A firm believer that clay is a soul finding machine, Isolina is actively investigating the history of companionship, ie the friendship between man & thing.
Through the labor of sculpting larger than oneself, Isolina bulids supersonic fusions of family monarchs, nostalgic depression and Obama-era cartoons.
On the precipice of something tender, Isolina’s work function as both formal and representational love memos written in clay, bio-materials, photography, and beyond.