Ana Garces Kiley
In response to the traditionally opaque canvas, as well as the predominantly male depiction of form and experience throughout the history of Western art, my work transforms the human body into a magical realist vessel for embodying the archetypes of death, desire and the collective unconscious –those very things that make us most human and most enigmatic.
By painting on transparent fabric, I have foregone the opacity of the patriarchal canvas, and now stretch both sides of my work with voile and add an acrylic insert to create three diaphanous layers on which I paint, print and etch. I have also taken my work off the wall so that it now suspends in space like a portal. The layers of my work interact, simultaneously weaving image, shadow, moiré, reflection, and emptiness into a composition that investigates a fuller complexity of our ephemeral nature.
2000 MFA, Columbia Univ, NYC, 1997 BFA, Univ-Houston, TX, AWARDS: 2003 Kimbrough Award, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, TX, 2000 Residency Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, NYC, 2000 Joan Mitchell MFA Grant, NYC, 1998 Neiman Center Fellow, Columbia Univ, NYC, SOLO SHOWS:2008 “Entre el Aliento y Saliva”, Latincollector Gallery, NYC, “Beating Between our Veins”, Taller Boricua Gallery, NYC, 2007 “Inbetween Being”, Neiman Gallery, Neiman Center, Columbia Univ, NYC SELECTED GROUP SHOWS: 2010 “New Media, Sex and Culture in the 21st Century”, Museum of New Art, Detroit, MI, "Las Meninas", Madrid, Spain, “Little Deaths”, Famous Accountants, NYC, 2009 “The Exquisite Corpse”, Robeson Galleries, Rutgers Univ, NJ, 2008 PINTA, Contemporary Latin American Art Fair, Latincollector Gallery, NYC, “Nightmares and Dreamscapes”, Alberto Peola Gallery, Turin, Italy, 2007, ScopeMiami Art Fair, Step1 Art, FL