This series of drawings is inspired by a dream I had at the beginning of 2007. In the dream, I have an inner mandate to look for van der Weyden’s painting Descent from the Cross. The creation of these drawings was also influenced by my experience of Bach’s Passion according to St Matthew, Francis Bacon’s reflections on the universal archetypal nature of crucifixion and human suffering, as well as Louise Bourgeois’ deeply feminine and personal sculptures. This experience opened up particular inner mandates regarding patterns of quest, dismemberment and transformation. The unfolding of the series is a process in itself and has been assembled into four main groupings. The first grouping is titled Crucifixion and Suffering. The fifth image is a section unto itself and is called Dismemberment. The third grouping, called Transformation, and the final collection of drawings, titled Duality, In the drawings comprised under Crucifixion and Suffering, I attempted to make an x-ray of suffering, images that condense pain. The first drawings of Crucifixion and Suffering express the vulnerability of a suspended fixed armless helpless body subjected, touched and hurt by a multitude of arms. The second subseries, called Dismemberment, is comprised by one drawing only, Dismemberment in Balance”. This image in particular is essential to the understanding of the series as a whole. It is expressive of the necessary destruction of the old order for a new order to come into being. In the drawings of the third subseries titled Transformation, the image emerges as body that transforms into tree. The references to both body and tree are veiled. In my artistic work, I am pulled by an inner mandate to establish a ceremonial and ritual process. I literally use my own body. I lie on the paper in order to leave an imprint on it and entering into contact with it becomes a whole reflection on the experience of inhabiting a body.
Artist Bio / CV
December 18, 1964, Mexico City Studies:1986 - 1987Studio Arts Centres International, Florence, Italy.1988 - 1989 Chelsea School of Art, London, United Kingdom.1989 - 1992Jesús Martínez and Maru Figueroa Intaglio Workshop, National School of Plastic Arts, Mexico City. A Selection of Solo Exhibitions:2008Trees and Bodies, Indianilla Station Cultural Center, Mexico City2007Trees, Casa Lamm Gallery, Mexico City2007Vegetable Body, Main Exhibit Room, Plastic Arts School, Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM), Toluca, Mexico.2006Recovered Body, Gene Byron Museum, Guanajuato, Mexico.2005 Flower of the Heart, Casa Lamm Gallery, Mexico City.2003Corporeal Geography, Gene Byron Museum, International Cervantine Festival, Guanajuato, Mexico; and Casa Lamm Gallery, Mexico City2002Fourth Time, Casa Lamm Gallery, Mexico City2002Women, Mexican Consulate, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A..2000Reminiscences of the Body, Casa Lamm Gallery, Mexico City.1999Recent Drawings, Macay Museum, Merida, Yucatan, Mexico.1998 Optical Scalpel, Diego Rivera Museum and Home, Guanajuato, Guanajuato, Mexico.1994Of the Body, Lourdes Chumacero Gallery, Mexico City. 1994 Of My Own Spine, Florencia Riestra Gallery, Mexico City.1993Surviving, El Chopo University Museum, Mexico City. 1992Recent Work, Salón de la Plástica Mexicana, Mexico City1990Recent Work, Lourdes Chumacero Gallery, Mexico City1988Recent Work, Lourdes Chumacero Gallery, Mexico City Group Exhibitions1997Imprints of Mexican Prints, Centro Médico Siglo XXI, Mexico City1997Collective Show, Diverse Works, Houston, Texas, U.S.A 1996 Bancomer Exhibition Room II, Mexico City1992National Encounter of Young Art, Carrillo Gil Museum, Mexico City.1989Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, United Kingdom. Awards2007Member of the National System of Creators (SNC), Mexican Endowment for the Arts and Culture (FONCA), Mexico.1988Fellowship for Young Creators, Mexican Endowment for the Arts and Culture (FONCA), Mexico.1992