WHAT: Sueño con Despertarme (A Dream of Awakening):
Installation and paintings by Ana Marìa Hernando
WHERE: Tweed Museum of Art, University of Minnesota Duluth
WHEN: January 26 – March 19, 2006
Ana Marìa Hernando was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and currently resides in Boulder, Colorado. The work in this exhibition, on canvas, paper and cloth, is the culmination of many years exploring poetics and the body as expressed in floral themes. In a statement she has written about this series of work she expresses, “Flowers are my inspiration. They are sensual, delicate, quiet, and beautiful. The vulnerability and vibration of flowers startle me into being awake, and connect me with death. I discover this garden in the embroidered mantones of the Spanish women, of my grandmothers.”
Portions of this exhibition are the result of a collaboration with a group of cloistered nuns in Buenos Aires who embroider designs created by Hernando, which then become the basis for her artworks and installations. “It is my intention that ‘the invisible work’ will emphasize the power of the silent, dignified everyday contributions, which serve as the backdrop and the foundation of our lives,” the artist states.
Hernando’s work encompasses drawing, printmaking, painting, embroidery, and mixed media elements, often presented in large, multi-unit installation formats. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Ana Marìa Hernando studied there at the National Academy of Fine Arts, and later at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, earning a degree from the California College of Arts and Crafts in 1990. She maintains a studio practice in Boulder, Colorado, where she has taught at Naropa University. Hernando shows her work internationally including, The Tweed Museum of Art, Naropa University, A.R.C. Gallery, Chicago and Niko Gulland in Buenos Aires.