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"Theresa Serrano: Dissolving the Memory of Home"
2001-10-21 until 2002-01-06
John Michael Kohler Arts Center
USA United States of America
In DISSOLVING THE MEMORY OF HOME, artist Teresa Serrano explores the concept of home—both its literal and
metaphorical meanings—in an installation as well as in individual sculptures and drawings. Each of the sculptures
from her Mountain Series hangs on the wall and is made of an armature covered with an embroidered blanket,
suggesting shelters as well as land forms or skins.
The installation, titled 52 WEEKS, 52 YEARS, is comprised of 52
small, embroidered works on the floor, evoking a garden or a gathering of people and appearing to be outgrowths of
the embroidered tufts of the reliefs. Both the individual wall sculptures and the installation incorporate Mexican textile
traditions that strongly suggest the elaborate textiles involved in the bullfight.
Serrano has drawn on her position as a resident of both Mexico and the United States to create a body of work that is
rich in associations. She combines tradition with metaphor, referencing history, memory, identity, and the relationship
between nature and culture.