Mixed media, acrylic on paper

“Ponce de Leon’s pieces are searches for origins. Layered “collages” that use mixed mediums from pencil, charcoal, pastels, oil paint, ink and photographs create the illusion of a dreamy mysterious revelation. Her early studies of biology in college seem to have come together with her newfound fascination with human reproduction, as her newest series is a journey from conception to birth. Some of the images are hyper-realistic, paying great attention to anatomy and detail. Others seem to be half-conscious images from a dream, like ancient legends trying to wake up and share a message but unable to speak our language.”

-Shawn Olson, Messenger, 2002