The unequivocal violence at the center of my work serves as the vehicle to address the social wars in the streets, as well as the wars battled behind doors. Ultimately, by navigating this wide spectrum of the power dynamics, I have worked my way into the emotional turmoil of the human condition.
I explore the ongoing negotiation between our most primal wounds and us. My pieces seem to be born from the clash that occurs when that negotiation goes wrong. In my work that struggle takes a nightmarishly obsessive tone that suggests a perpetual sense of danger. Several of my pieces narrate a brutal act, with the perpetrator remaining ambiguous. In other works, I explore the terror experienced when we realize that the wound may be self-inflicted.
The creatures that populate my work are merged in a forced togetherness, yet unable to reach one another; exposing a state of extreme inadequacy and profound disagreement. They are either longing for something that does not come or mourning for something long gone.
In the last ten years I have incorporated digital media, video and sound, allowing me to address certain issues in more evocative and powerful ways. I am always ready to use (and misuse) any media if I believe that it is the right tool to convey an idea.
Artist Bio / CV
Dolores Zorreguieta was born in Argentina in 1965. In 1987 she graduated from The National School of Fine Arts. A year later she had her first solo exhibition at Frans Van Riel Gallery. In 1992 she moved to New York where she started experimenting with installation thanks to the encouragement of Jessica Stockholder at New York University. In 1994 she was selected to be part of The Bronx Museum of the Arts Artist in the Marketplace program. That same year she was awarded a grant to create an installation at Franklin Furnace. In 1997 she bought her first computer and gradually begun an exploration into digital art and video. She has exhibited in the United States, Latin America and Europe. She has received grants from The New York Foundation for the Arts and The New York State Council on the Arts. Most recently she has a show at the Museum of Modern Art in Cuenca, Ecuador. She currently lives and works in San Jose, California.