Ana Garces Kiley
I am interested in using paint and transparent materials to create multi-layered compositions that, through a play with light, reflection, and shadow, explore simultaneity of image and emptiness. I have also taken some work off the wall and foregone the opacity of the traditional canvas. They now suspend or sit in the center of the room like a portal.
I stretch both sides with transparent voile and add an acrylic insert to create three layers on which I paint, print and etch. Each layer interacts with the others, weaving a complex composition of images, shadows, moiré and reflections.
My work transforms the human body into a magical realist vessel for embodying archetypes of death, desire and our collective unconscious –those very things that make us most human and most enigmatic. In response to a predominantly male depiction of sexuality throughout art history, as a woman I want to depict sexuality and sensuality from a feminine perspective. Rejecting the traditional opacity of the canvas, I employ voile to unveil the complexity of our ephemeral nature.
Literature, like the magical realism of Garcia Marquez with its vivid presence of color and the ideas of a collective unconscious, has influenced my work. Marquez, like Juan Rulfo, who wrote Pedro Paramo, is a terrific take on death and how closely it can be a part of this life.
Gender issues also play a large role in what I do. Most of my couplings are taken from old '70s porn. I like to think I am elevating it, transubstantiation, if you will. Creating something divine from the mundane. That essentially may sum up the sex act.