Marcela Astorga, an Argentine artist born in the province of Mendoza,
creates work with both visual and conceptual impact. For the last 20
years, she has used art as a means to face issues of importance to her:
violence, memory, identity, and construction/deconstruction as represented
through architecture, as well as the marks that we leave and the
deficiencies that we suffer. Her installations establish a dialogue between
materiality, physical space, and symbolic power. Skin, hair, and fabric--
scraps representing tears as well as traces--testify to those who once
inhabited and wore them. In creating these witnesses of existence, Astorga
works from a silent place, appealing to the forcefulness of the image,
not to the word. Her search leads to the boundaries between outside and
inside, to natural borders, like skin, and those that we create to demarcate
territories of our own.
...see the entire article in the print version of November's Sculpture magazine.
Santa Isabel 52, 2008. Horse bristles and foam board, 100 x 70 x 12 cm.