MARIA JOSE DURAN
The focus is building sculptures and installations using fabrics or soft material without the structural potential of hard materials like wood, metal or stone. With the rudimentary technique of knotting and the craft of knitting, the material is process to accumulation becoming a more solid and substantial surface. In this transformation of the unsubstantial matter of textiles to a corporeal mass of the same, the primitive manners of the making play the main role in the definition of the figure. Material is the metaphor of the body.
In wrinkling, stretching, fainting, erecting the material speaks of its nature and of its relation with the environment, showing humor in the existentialist objectives of this work.
The work is though through a context of aggressiveness. The individual vs the social, how our own perception of our selves becomes uncertain, subjective almost delusional. Moreover compromising mental and physical health
Born in Chile 1982.
Maria Jose Duran received BFA Fine Arts at Finis Terrae University in 2006. In 2008 she was awarded with
the Fulbright Scholarship and the Chilean international Scholarship to pursuit graduate studies in NYC.
On May 2010 she graduated from the MFA Fine Arts of the School of Visual Arts and received the Alumni Scholarship award.
MJ has exhibit in Chile and New York; more recently in Perry Rubenstein Gallery and Lower East Side Cuchifritos Gallery.
Currently she works in her studio in New York and works as an assistant to Lynda Benglis.