Artist Statement

Aguiar is a new media artist formally educated in New York & Southern California. Zulma was the very first Chicana podcaster on iTunes with the help of a co-creator Michael Verdi whom she met at the NAMAC Conference in Philadelphia in 2005. Aguiar has employed various Arts practices disciplines such as Video Art, Installation, Performance, and new media technologies to investigate issues critical to the advancement of our culture. She is interested in interdisciplinary studies such as the Fine and computer-based Arts, Engineering and the Sciences.  Zulma’s online Pseudonym evolved from ChicanaFeliz, to ZulmaHawaii back to ChicanaFeliz as of 2018.

Her art practice centers around many topics but continues to explore the aesthetics of race, culture & border politics in New Media Art. Aguiar’s work is aligned with a history of border art that includes Judy Baca, Guillermo Gomez Pena, Andy Warhol and the late Jose Esteban Munoz’s views of cultural theory, Nao Bustamante’s interventions in live art and film, and Yolanda Lopez’ self-portraiture.

Her work also deals with the ways in which race and cultural identity intersect with a general notion of Latinidad and what it means to have a Mexican American or Chican@ identity. Now known as Latinx.

A pattern that emerges in her work is feminism and border culture. She tends to use colorful and vibrant images as a form of self-expression. Her graduate Art School program exposed her to work with innovators and pioneers of experimental media such as the legendary Pauline Oliveros and Johannes Goebel, Director of EMPAC. RPI offered many courses in the production of music which highly influence her work, however, she chooses to continue working within the video art avant-garde context informed by many artists but in particular such artists as Nao Bustamante and Jack Smith.

Aguiar is currently researching alternative electronic economies, the empowerment of the oppressed including, Black Lives Matter the new Civil Rights Movement, feminism in a post-millenial world, and gender fluidity and hybrid sexualities.

Currently, Aguiar resides and works in Hollywood, in an area called “Little Armenia” between West Hollywood, Thai Town, and the 101 and Sunset.

Formal Education: University of California, San Diego – Communications ’01
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute – MFA – Electronic Arts ’07

The very first Research Fellowship recipient at Experimental Media & Performance Art Institute – 2004-2005

Collaborated with Pauline Oliveros, Nao Bustamante & Kathy High in various New Media Art projects

Turnstyle (Interactive Installation)  2005 never shown in the West Coast