Ceren investigates the complexities that arise from being in a body that identifies as other. She chooses not to define such a term because to define it is to place limitation. Through multidisciplinary projects in painting, video, and more recently performance, she explores her hybridized identity. Embracing a feminist sensibility, she posits the various conditions of her difference with that which encompasses her immediate, experienced sphere. The work strives towards freedom of action that is for the individual over collective measures. We are in a time where idiosyncrasy needs to be embraced! We live in an inane moment in our history, so why not extrapolate from such absurdity?
Her work has been exhibited nationally in notable institutions such as: The Warwick Museum of Art in Warwick, The Blaffer Museum in Houston, DiverseWorks, Houston, Inman Gallery, Houston, and Tempus Projects in Tampa. Ceren has been the recipient of the Larsen and Palmer Fund, 2016 and received a Gold Key from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, 2010.
Gloria Ceren was born and raised in south east Texas, a mecca for all things diverse. She received her undergraduate degree in Painting from the University of Houston, in the fall of 2014 and her MFA from the University of South Florida in spring 2018. She is a resident artist tattooing at Dream State Body Art and teaches drawing at the University of South Florida.