Maria A. Guzmán Capron’s Entwined Figures Emerge from Boldly Patterned Patchworks — Colossal

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January 31, 2024

Grace Ebert

“No Soy Florero – Rosa” (2023),
material, thread, batting, stuffing, spray paint, and acrylic paint,
77 x 37 x variable inches. All pictures courtesy of the artist and Shulamit Nazarian, Los Angeles, shared with permission

In some ways, Maria A. Guzmán Capron’s apply is about embracing circularity. Utilizing textiles gathered from low cost shops, resale outlets, and pals, Capron stitches stylized figures whose our bodies emerge from entangled clusters of limbs or coquettishly pose towards the gallery wall, inviting every viewer with a flirty smile.

Kind and materials dovetail, emphasizing the artist’s curiosity in change and regeneration. “The entwined physique, by being related to our interior selves and our communities, is one which loses definition and turns into extraordinary,” she says.

Born in Milan to folks of Peruvian and Colombian origins, Capron now lives and works within the Bay Space, a mélange of cultures mirrored in her patchwork items. “Some patterns and colours I select are an approximation of what I felt or I can bear in mind of the material I noticed in clothes or decor rising up in Italy or issues I’ve seen on the markets once I go to my grandmother in Peru,” she says, including that her native surroundings influences her, too. “Within the studio, I combine all of it collectively, and each time I see somebody new rising from my work.”

 

a wall work of two figures with short bobs. their backs are touching and they're holding hands, which are made with green fabric

“Me Veo en Ti” (2022), material, thread, batting, stuffing, spray paint, and acrylic paint,
56 x 60 1/2 inches

Whereas each character is authentic, every has a fabric connection to earlier sculptures. “Within the studio, I mess around with what’s new, however I’m usually compelled to incorporate older items from my assortment. Artworks made a number of years aside might need a material that unites them,” she shares. “My making course of relies on problem-solving, and it seems like there are an infinite variety of methods I may work with textiles to method an concept.”

Though different in coloration and texture and veiled in paint, the items in Capron’s No Soy Florero sequence are equally constructed, their higher our bodies flush to the wall with skinny legs and thick, pudgy toes planted on the ground. The artist considers the methods our mannerisms, language, and bodily gestures shift primarily based on the state of affairs and firm, and she or he gravitates towards a fluid sense of self. The twinned characters in “Me Veo en Ti” are also practically equivalent with tiger-striped limbs and faces. Refined variations of their hair, noses, and expressions may reference variances in a single individual or similarities between two.

So as to add one other dimension, Capron considers her works “incomplete exterior of the moments through which they’re considered and skilled by one other individual,” an unfinished state she describes as indicating “a vital openness to vary.”

She at present has work in two reveals, one by way of Might 5 at Craft Modern in Los Angeles and one other by way of August 3 at El Espacio 23 in Miami. Discover extra on Instagram.

 

a detail image of two sculptural legs made of yellow patterned textiles. one foot is propped flat against the white gallery wall while the other stretches out with purple toenails

Element of “No Soy Florero – Rosa” (2023),
material, thread, batting, stuffing, spray paint, and acrylic paint,
77 x 37 x variable inches

a sculptural figure made of bright, patterned textiles. Her gloved hands are raised to her mouth in shock. Her upper body is flat to the gallery wall while her legs spring outward and down to puffy feet with painted toenails

“No Soy Florero – Mentira” (2023), material, thread, batting, stuffing, spray paint, and acrylic paint,
77 x 37 x variable inches

a detail of a sculptural figure made of bright, patterned textiles. Her gloved hands are raised to her mouth in shock.

Element of “No Soy Florero – Mentira” (2023), material, thread, batting, stuffing, spray paint, and acrylic paint,
77 x 37 x variable inches

a wall work made of bold patterned textiles. there are several entwined bodies in a circle, with limbs jutting out from various points

“Tengo Ojos Solo Para Ti” (2023), material, thread, batting, stuffing, spray paint, and acrylic paint,
74 x 84 x 3 inches

a sculptural figure made of bright, patterned textiles. Her upper body is flat to the gallery wall while her legs spring outward and down to puffy feet with painted toenails

“No Soy Florero – Margarita” (2023), material, thread, batting, stuffing, spray paint, and acrylic paint,
77 x 37 x variable inches

a wall work of three figures made of bold patterned fabric crouch and pose for the viewer

“Desátame” (2023),
material, thread, batting, stuffing, spray paint, and acrylic paint,
76 x 95 x 3 inches

a figurative wall sculpture of a woman with yellow and plaid skin wearing a blue sweater that's draped off her shoulder. she has curly dark hair and green lips

“Donna” (2022), material, thread, batting, stuffing, spray paint, and latex paint, 70 ½ x 34 x 2 ½ inches

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#Maria A. Guzmán Capron
#sculpture
#textiles

 

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