Opening Reception | Friday, July 12 from 6-8 PM

Artist Statement:

 

Somewhere else and almost never here. 

Aguapanela, mogolla, ruana, amapolas.

Green mountains, blue mountains, orange mountains

mountains of trash,

mountains under mountains of bodies and sights.

My grandfather’s grandfather never got down from the mountains,

my grandmother’s grandmother didn’t move farther than one kilometer from the beach.

I live somewhere else and almost never here.

 

Laura Lucía Sanz’s practice explores the potential of embodied memory, loud color, lush textures, and syncopated rhythms to open a window into the space between the body and mind, and questions how culture interferes in that relationship.

By starting with loose gestures and an instinctive approach, the landscapes, figures, and memories depicted are distorted in a complex web of brush strokes. Through this process she creates images that oscillate between the abstract and the concrete – the ideal and the real. The simulation of these worlds questions how bodily experiences and human relationships are affected by the notions of home, alienation, and culture. The thick, raw application of paint, unexpected compositions, and patterns formed by the repetition of color function as an edge, placing the viewer up-close, poised to dive into the transformative space the paintings inhabit.

 

This project is made possible, in part, with public funds from NYSCA’s Decentralization Program, administered regionally by The ARTS Council of the Southern Finger Lakes.