Bibiana Martinez

Mixed Media

Artist Statement

From a young age she was drawn to the idea of constructing figures with different elements collected in time, and bringing them together through painting. Aesthetics which jump between iconography and conceptualism, give rise to artwork that is built from mixed materials and techniques. The recollection of miniatures, metals, garbage, jewels, rhinestones and an endless number of elements in apparent disuse, started to get involved with her drawings in the assembly of dynamic pieces of art, thus leading to a sensation of wavelength that create subatomic movement on the pieces. Some built on canvas and some 3D scenarios.

Her artwork is a constant expression of an inspirational process that overcomes any philosophical resources. The iconographic subjects in the pieces of the series “Entrega de Armas” -Arms Hand Out-, pose as a deliberate recontextualisation that is far from humanizing the weapons, but proposes to transpose the signifiers subscribed in the social imaginary. Pieces that release historical arguments of war and violence constantly present in her native Colombia. Her artistic practice is meticulously conceived in a process of preciousness and configuration. In the series “scenarios” the artist stages situations in small format boxes. Shaped and scenically acquiesced, the characters and elements meddle in dreamy scenes related to human behavior. Built by assembling miniature objects and props that evolve to a particular atmosphere and an intuitive sentiment. “Experimenting everyday the unexpected effects in staging these situations and giving new meaning to things is an important part in defining me as an artist. My life is deciphering my plastic language. Painting is my passion”

Bio:

Born in Barranquilla, Colombia. Political Science graduate from Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, later specialized in video editing at New York University. Her interest in visual arts grew in the 90s; and attended SCAD, Savannah College of Art and Design, where she ventured in courses in digital art and sculpture, among others. She continued to connect her passion for art with history. Her experimental narrative shows persistent observations of reality. Scenes of war, globalization, and technology’s influence on man, take shape and dynamism through her compositions. These past years have been important for Bibiana. A solo exhibition in Paris, France; and being part of collective art exhibits in Dallas and Miami (USA), at Museo del Chicó in Bogotá, Colombia, and in JUSTMAD at Madrid, Spain. She was selected to exhibit at Florence Biennale in Italy representing Colombia last October 2017. Recently moved to Miami, and currently working at her studio at Fountainhead in Little River, Florida.

Artist Links:

Website: www.bibianamartinez.com

Instagram: @bibianamarart