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Mónica Escutia

“Modern art displaced in the search of a representational project, now in the direction of products that were formal, material and compositive. In this new process, art was not trying to ‘reproduce’ fragments of the world, but rather, create a new one. The artwork valued was now in its own materiality, in its real elements, visual, tangible, and not in the illusions or effects that it used to produce. My work radicalises this project, highlighting the rawness of the physical elements that compose it. For example, I make a shapeless fiber glass sphere that I cover with automotive paint, evidencing the industrial character of the pigments. The capacity to resignify these elements and move them from the automotive industry to sculpture, this make us aware of the seduction strategies from global capitalism. We live anesthetized due the inertia of operating inside a system of codified signs by the power. We have to generate objects that contain the capacity to ‘disassemble’ these linguistic structures and my work seeks to do just that, to dislocate the platform of these systems through shifting from those already referred to.”

 

Born in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, in 1969, Monica studied graphic design and multimedia at The Art Institute of California – San Diego. She has a background in painting, photography and different disciplines of plastic and visual arts. With diverse media, Monica’s artwork seeks to resignify the elements of the world today to make the viewer aware of the seductive strategies of global capitalism. She has exhibited her work in galleries and museums throughout Australia, Germany, Mexico and the United States. In June 2010, she produced a permanent work of public art for the ruins of the Rüeggisberg Priory in Bern, Switzerland. She has been awarded grants on several occasions from the government of the State of Jalisco. The Jumex Foundation/Collection holds some of her work. She has worked on different projects directed by curators such as Patrick Charpenel, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Olga Margarita Dávila and Guillermo Santamarina, to name but a few. She lives and works in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.