Meet Expressionist Embroidery Artist Carmen Mardónez

meet an artist mondayFreeing the artwork of embroidery from its slim picturesque purposes within the home craft sphere, Carmen Mardónez as a substitute approaches its mediums and fabrics with the expressionist pictorial gusto of summary portray and sculpture. Her paintings references the frame’s demanding situations and freedoms in emotional, summary freestyle and quasi-anatomical gadgets and compositions that each honor and grow to be the reclaimed materials of which they’re made — and the embedded histories and lived reports in their one-time house owners. In shiny traces of thread’s natural colours, with a sculptural dimensionality and the gestural power of portray, Mardónez elevates no longer best the medium of embroidery into the fantastic artwork discourse, but additionally the voices of its custom’s principally feminine practitioners, starting along with her personal.

Carmen Mardónez

Carmen Mardónez: Imaginary Topographies

L.A. WEEKLY: When did you first know you have been an artist?

CARMEN MARDÓNEZ: I don’t in reality know. I’ve at all times loved growing with my fingers, drawing, portray, and most commonly scribbling once I’m attempting to concentrate on one thing. What I do know is once I made up our minds to transform an artist. I moved from Chile to Los Angeles in 2017. Again house I had a task coordinating pupil internships in native governments, the place they have been operating on social systems, and I embroidered most commonly as a interest. But if I got here to the USA with my spouse and a new child I assumed it was once a excellent second to check out one thing other. I’ve by no means regretted that call.

Carmen Mardónez: Chascona

What’s your brief resolution to those that ask what your paintings is set?

My paintings is an exploration of intimacy and gender expectancies via using freestyle embroidery. I paintings on discarded fabrics, most commonly home textiles, corresponding to pillows and mattress sheets. I take advantage of them as canvases as they’re: simple or patterned, discolored, stained or teared, both excellent and dangerous high quality. I do freestyle embroidery growing very thick layers of protection, and occasionally I grow to be a few of these embroideries in textile sculptures. I believe that operating with those fabrics I will be able to connect to the intimacy of the bed room area, and with my freestyle embroidery I’m looking to cross in opposition to what’s historically anticipated from a neatly patterned and regionally helpful hand embroidery.

Carmen Mardónez: Night

Did you cross to artwork college? Why/Why no longer?

As an undergrad, I studied historical past. Once I completed, I set to work as a analysis assistant however I briefly learned that it wasn’t one thing I sought after to do for a very long time. So after a couple of years, I returned to university, this time doing arts. I in reality loved that point! I principally finished the primary two years, which might be an identical to an affiliate level. At the moment I wasn’t positive that I sought after to be an artist both, I suppose in part as a result of my catholic guilt averted me from being formidable and I felt that calling myself an artist was once some kind of transgression, nearly sinful. So I left with out completing, and went in numerous instructions. Now I believe that it’s too overdue for me to visit an MFA program, however I’d have beloved doing one thing like that.


Why do you are living and paintings in L.A., and no longer somewhere else?

We moved to Los Angeles as a result of my spouse is finishing his PhD right here. So it was once a very easy choice. In fact, we adore the elements and being with reference to the sea. However for now we don’t in reality have longer term plans on the place our subsequent bankruptcy will take us.

Carmen Mardónez at The Different Artwork Honest

When was once your first display?

In February 2019 I participated in a curated crew exhibition in SoLA Recent Gallery, which is situated in Slauson Street. On the finish of the exhibition I used to be introduced as a recipient of the award display for the next 12 months, which was once an absolute marvel for me, nevertheless it made me really feel that perhaps my paintings was once in a position to talk to other people. I in reality respect that first push I gained from the curator Steve Wong and Peggy Sivert, the gallery director.

Carmen Mardónez at Arts at Blue Roof

When is/was once your present/most up-to-date/subsequent display or venture?

A few weeks in the past I made a wall set up at The Different Artwork Honest in Los Angeles. It was once an enormous embroidery illuminated with black lighting fixtures that created an overly particular surroundings, highlighting the fluorescent threads in my piece. You’ll be able to in finding the check in in my social media.

Lately, I’m operating on a residency — A Room of One’s Personal — in Arts at Blue Roof, in South L.A. I’m growing a mixture of outsized hand embroidery and textile sculptures that I can be appearing on the finish of the residency. The exhibition is on view during the finish of Would possibly, so cross seek advice from!


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Updated: May 23, 2022 — 3:20 pm