Sandra Vásquez de la Horra

Drawing from history, folklore, mythology, sexuality and her experience of Chile’s Pinochet dictatorship, Sandra Vásquez de la Horra explores themes of femininity, social hierarchy, repression, politics and religion. Using drawing – either on blank sheets or reused paper – the artist invents an extraordinary universe populated by a variety of creatures and symbols suggesting the influence of Surrealism, Dada and Francisco de Goya´s phantasmagoria. Mysterious, erotic and intimate, her drawings are then immersed in molten beeswax to achieve a timeless patina and a unique materiality. The unframed drawings are often simply nailed to the wall, juxtaposed edge-to-edge in a cloud-like shape. Such presentations mark the starting point of endless stories, each work building a conversation with the surrounding works and offering limitless scenarios. Vásquez de la Horra’s venture into three dimensions translates into leporellos and paper sculptures in shapes that can evoke scale-model houses or theatre sets.

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