Death Becomes Her, an exhibition of contemporary installations and sculpture; the medium are organic elements: bones, dried insects, sea coral, starfish, feathers and natural fibres. Cardoso's work are ephemeral and vulnerable while at the same time communicate notions of violence, metamorphosis and the omnipresence of death.
Death Becomes Her
Curated by Georgia Connolly
Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney. Image courtesy of the Artist and GRANTPIRRIE, Sydney
Photo credit Ross Rudesch Harley
Death Becomes Her is an exhibition of contemporary installations and sculpture by Colombian-born, Australian artist Maria Fernanda Cardoso. In her first solo museum exhibition in New York City, Cardoso expands the boundaries of contemporary sculpture with the use of her signature medium of organic elements - bones, dried insects, sea coral, starfish, feathers and natural fibres.
Cardoso’s work draws from her Colombian heritage and adopted Australian culture. While both very different vernaculars, each have given her inspiration and materials to create works that are ephemeral and vulnerable while at the same time communicate notions of violence, metamorphosis and the omnipresence of death. Cardoso creates a sense of wonder and enchantment from the contemplation of natural elements extracted from the world around us - allowing us to see them with fresh eyes.
The exhibition will include new installation pieces as well as a site-specific work titled Rain Wall. In this piece as in each of her works, Cardoso pushes contemporary sculptural practice to new limits, enticing audiences curious to experience her use of materials and stimulating critical debate on the empirical aspect of her artistic practice.
Death Becomes Her will be the third exhibition in the Chelsea Art Museum’s Insight series. This series, launched in March 2006, is a program comprising of short run exhibitions devoted to cutting edge young artists from America and abroad who have not yet enjoyed a solo showing of their work in a New York museum. The exhibition will be supported by a rich series of related cultural events and educational programs. The exhibition will also coincide with Latin American Culture Week held across New York City from 10-19 November 2006 (for more information, see http://www.pamar.org).
This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
Opening, Thursday 5 October 2006, 6pm,
Under the patronage of the Honourable John Olsen,
Australian Consul General
Chelsea Art Museum
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