Visiting Artist

Iana Quesnell


Friday, January 15, 2021 through
Friday, January 15, 2021


Saturday, January 16, 2021 through
Saturday, March 20, 2021

Iana Quesnell

Iana Quesnell challenges concepts of occupying space as they relate to identity and movement. Through observations of daily life, Quesnell reveals how the physical spaces we inhabit force individuals to behave and move in specific premeditated ways. These actions are a part of a larger set of systemic structures present in today’s society; implemented through architecture, division of private and public space, and notions of societal norms. Quesnell exposes these systems in order to gain awareness and analyze their inner workings.  

Quesnell manifests her societal questioning through detailed large-scale drawings of the spaces she inhabits. Having lived on both sides on the international San Diego-Tijuana border, her work highlights the structures in place at this site of cross-cultural exchange. The work takes an autobiographical approach as she depicts spaces from her own life and the behaviors of people she has personally observed. She combines elements of map making with cultural markers, movement through space, and analysis of societal systems in incredible detail to take a deeper look at the world around her.    

Quesnell is based in San Diego and currently teaches at MiraCosta College. She has a BFA from Tampa University and an MFA from UC San Diego. She has exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego; San Diego Museum of Art; CECUT in Tijuana, Mexico; and Beyond the Border Gallery, San Diego. Quesnell has also been the recipient of the San Diego Art Prize as well as MCASD’s CERCA Award.