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Edra Soto
updated: 12/04/2012
website: edrasoto.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
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The Greatest Companions 5 and 6
The Greatest Companions 1
The Greatest Companions 2
The Greatest Companions 4
The Greatest Companions 3
The Greatest Companions 16
The Greatest Companions 15
The Greatest Companions 17 and 18
The Chacon-Soto Show (at night)
The Greatest Companions (mural para monos)
The Greatest Companions (mural para Iris)
Mono (series)
Mono (series)
Chacon-Soto Show (La Tarima)
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  conceptual
 
 
The Greatest Companions 5 and 6 by Edra Soto
The Greatest Companions 5 and 6
gouache over arches paper
2008
16 " x  20each" 
The Greatest Companions 1 by Edra Soto
The Greatest Companions 1
Gouache over Arches paper
2008
12" x  14" 
The Greatest Companions 2 by Edra Soto
The Greatest Companions 2
Gouache over Arches paper
2008
12" x  14" 
The Greatest Companions 4 by Edra Soto
The Greatest Companions 4
Gouache over Arches paper
2008
12" x  14" 
The Greatest Companions 3 by Edra Soto
The Greatest Companions 3
Gouache over Arches paper
2008
12" x  14" 
The Greatest Companions 16 by Edra Soto
The Greatest Companions 16
Gouache over Arches paper
2008
16" x  20" 
The Greatest Companions 15 by Edra Soto
The Greatest Companions 15
Gouache over Arches paper
2008
12" x  14" 
The Greatest Companions 17 and 18       by Edra Soto
The Greatest Companions 17 and 18
Gouache on Arches paper
2008
16" x  20each" 
The Chacon-Soto Show (at night) by Edra Soto
The Chacon-Soto Show (at night)
Gouache over Arches paper
2008
8" x  10" 
The Greatest Companions (mural para monos) by Edra Soto
The Greatest Companions (mural para monos)
acrylic paint
2008
8'" x  12'" 
The Greatest Companions (mural para Iris) by Edra Soto
The Greatest Companions (mural para Iris)
acrylic paint
2008
12'" x  16'" 
Mono (series) by Edra Soto
Mono (series)
Plaster cast masks on found toys
2008
Dimensions variable
Mono (series) by Edra Soto
Mono (series)
Plaster cast masks on found toys
2008
Dimensions variable
Chacon-Soto Show (La Tarima) by Edra Soto
Chacon-Soto Show (La Tarima)
Wood, paint, lights
2009
Dimensions variable

Artist Statement
 

I am interested in understanding the world and creating work relevant to that reality without worrying about how grandiose or modest the effect of my discourse might be. I tend to draw upon childhood memories and my religious upbringing for inspiration, as they are strongly embedded in the humanity of my expression.

I’m currently focus in two mayor developments: Community engagements and the origins of my visual practice.

My husband and I created a social gathering space in the backyard of our home. This location is directly exposed to our neighborhood. It is up to us (the artists) to maintain a real connection with our community, but the creation of this space in our neighborhood will allow a more inclusive and diverse conversation with the community.

The Franklin (our gathering space) epitomizes my significant attempts to address the role of the audience in my work, by erasing the boundaries in between them as spectators, and as participants. As a structure, it captures the audience physically, including them as an essential part of the experience.

An intimate reflection has been my latest series of portraits (masks representations) and sculptures (sculpted representations of shells using a single coil) influenced by African art and Caribbean culture. My focus is the simplification of the form to create a representation.

Shells and masks both possess the qualities of being protective devices for either a living organism or a myth. The gathering of these two representations is a reflection formulated around my life experiences.

I aim to create a space of reflection by bringing together a rich environment of images and shapes that were made in a simple and basic manner.

Artist Bio / CV

 

Edra Soto (b. Puerto Rico 1971) is a Chicago based artist. In 1995 Edra received the Alfonso Arana Fellowship to work in Paris for one year. She attended The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she obtained her Masters of Fine Arts in 2OOO. Immediately after, she attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She has exhibited nationally and internationally. Her work has been feature in New American Paintings and her show at Ebersmoore was selected Best Solo Exhibition of 2010 in NewCity Art of Chicago. Soto has lectured at El Museo de Puerto Rico, Harold Washington College and The Art Institute of Chicago among others. She is a member of the collective ED JR. with Deborah Boardman, Jeroen Nelemans and Ryan Richey. She is also a member of the advisory committee of BETA Local, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting aesthetic thought and practice through their various programs in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

She has exhibited at Roots and Culture, Longman and Eagle with Harold Arts, Ebersmoore and at The Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago among others. Recent artists residencies include Ragdale’s newly renovated Meadow, granted by the 3Arts Foundation and  Beta-Local in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Recent presentations include: Archival Impulse at UIC Gallery 400 and Afterimage satellite exhibitions at the Roger Brown Study Collection and at Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts curated by Dahlia Tulet and Thea Liberty Nichols.

Upcoming exhibitions include The Medicine Cabinet and Terrain in Chicago and Field Projects in New York.

Soto and her husband Dan Sullivan design, fabricated and currently run operations of The Franklin, an artist run space located in their home’s backyard in Chicago.  This project was recently awarded with The Propeller Fund .