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Mandy Cano Villalobos
Virginia

Artist Statement Submitted 2015

“living is grazing
memory is chewing cud”
-Agnes Martin, The Untroubled Mind

A fragile sense of time, place and self marks our age. Life’s busyness rarely affords us the occasion to process our shifting traditions and fluctuating identities. Through rituals and stories my work creates a space to contemplate these ambiguities.

I often employ repetitious actions to reflect the redemptive possibilities of physical labor. Performances consist of recurring tasks that transcend sequential time through incessant motion. Drawings chronicle the ritualistic process of mark making. Other projects mingle forgotten narratives, personal memory, and song lyrics, to explore tenuous understandings of the past, and envisage the passing of the present.

Through collective histories and ritualistic practice I seek the sacred amidst the mundane. Perhaps if I listen long enough, if I persevere in the banal rites of the everyday, I will be able to occupy the liminal space that is life.

www.mandycano.com

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