Maria A. Guzmán Capron’s Entwined Figures Emerge from Boldly Patterned Patchworks — Colossal
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There are many ways to look at it. Maria A. Guzmán Capron’s practice is about embracing circularity. Capron uses textiles from discount shops, resale stores, and friends to stitch stylized figures. The bodies of the figures emerge from entangled groups of limbs, or coquettishly posing against the gallery wall.
Form and material dovetail, emphasizing the artist’s interest in change and regeneration. “The entwined body, by being connected to our inner selves and our communities, is one that loses definition and becomes extraordinary,” she says.
Born in Milan to parents of Peruvian and Colombian origins, Capron now lives and works in the Bay Area, a mélange of cultures reflected in her patchwork pieces. “Some patterns and colors I choose are an approximation of what I felt or I can remember of the fabric I saw in clothing or decor growing up in Italy or things I’ve seen at the markets when I visit my grandmother in Peru,” she says, adding that her local environment influences her, too. “In the studio, I mix it all together, and every time I see someone new emerging from my work.”
Although each character is unique, they are all influenced by previous sculptures. “In the studio, I play around with what is new, but I am often compelled to include older pieces from my collection. Artworks made several years apart might have a fabric that unites them,” she shares. “My making process is based on problem-solving, and it feels like there are an infinite number of ways I could work with textiles to approach an idea.”
Although varied in color and texture and veiled in paint, the pieces in Capron’s No Soy FloreroThe series are constructed similarly, with their upper bodies flush against the wall, and their legs and feet thick, pudgy, and planted on the ground. The artist considers how our language, body gestures, and mannerisms change depending on who we are with and the situation, and gravitates to a fluid sense self. The twinned characters in “Me Veo en Ti” also are nearly identical with tiger-striped limbs and faces. Subtle differences between their hair, noses and expressions can be used to show the difference in one person, or similarities between two.
To add another dimension, Capron considers her works “incomplete outside of the moments in which they are viewed and experienced by another person,” an unfinished state she describes as indicating “an essential openness to change.”
She is currently working on two shows, the first of which runs through May 5. Craft Contemporary in Los Angeles and another through August 3 at El Espacio 23Find out more on Miami. Find out more about Instagram.
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