Between Us by Barbara Miñarro
April 13 – April 28
Opening Reception: Friday, April 13th 7-10 pm
Clamp Light Artist Studios & Gallery
1704 Blanco Road, San Antonio, Texas 78212
Clamp Light Artist Studios and Gallery is pleased to announce Between us, a solo exhibition by Barbara Miñarro. Between us, is a fiber installation featuring large scale sculptures.
My work deals with a body in migration. The departure from my home in Mexico to the United States has shaped the way I navigate and adapt to new surroundings. Through the use of fabric I abstract the way my culture, language, and body conform to these environments through practices of displacement, tension, confinement, repetition, and hanging.
I work with textiles and fabrics that are personal to me. My grandmother’s bed sheets, my mother's clothing, my own garments, and additional collected materials act as signifiers of identity that I have brought with me from my homeland. I reclaim these objects that once epitomized nostalgic memories into distorted limb-like forms. This process of transformation blurs the perimeter of characteristics that identify me. In extracting these objects from their native environment and adapting them to their new surroundings they come to symbolize my immigrant experience. As the context of my materials is changed by their placement in a new location, they explore the idea that environments can effect identities, dictate relationships, and change the way that bodies navigates through familial spaces and abstract borders.
About the artist:
Barbara Miñarro was born in Monterrey, Mexico and currently lives and works in San Antonio, Texas. As an artist influenced and making a life between two cultures, Miñarro’s work explores ideas of the body in migration. Her soft sculptures, installations and paintings utilize the tactile memory of clothing, the earth and the physical body to express the emotional journey of immigration. Miñarro was recently selected to participate in the CAM Perennial at Artpace, the exhibition will later travel to Spain.