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︎︎︎Bio ︎︎︎



Isolina Minjeong Alva was born in Chicago, IL in 1997 to a professional tennis player and untamed Coyote! Based in Baltimore City, they received a BFA in Ceramics from the Maryland Institute College of Art. With their all-American HOO-RAH studio rhythm, Isolina's work has been the subject of the solo exhibition, "Pink Mountain" (2020) at Baltimore Clayworks and included in the “NCECA Juried Student Show” (2020) amongst others. 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. A Long-Term Resident Artist at Baltimore Clayworks, you can find Isolina sculpting a dreamland of multicultural ceramic protagonists in their Baltimore Clayworks resident artist space. To check out their work & research, visit isolina.party & theholycompendium.cargo.site


︎︎︎Artist Statement︎︎︎

Isolina has fallen in love with the labor behind building in monumental scales because it makes you think twice about who you are! A firm believer that clay is a soul finding machine, Isolina is actively investigating the history of companionship.



Combining the laughter of their Spanish and Peruvian grandparents with the work ethic of their single mother from South Korea, Isolina’s Little Woogies are a supersonic amaglamation of family monarchs. They are a growing society of ceramic protagonists that pull from nostalgic depression and early 2000’s cartoons with a little sprinkle of 80’s the neo-pop movement!



“The bigger I build, the more I love my mother & the more I love the world! What a God damn pleasure it is to be human!”