say hello to cristina camacho. originally from bogota, colombia, camacho's work is a play on color and shape and canvas. and i am very into it.
artsy on camacho:
When she arrived at Columbia to pursue an MFA, she embarked on a process that she describes as “letting go.” First Camacho stopped working from sketches that might normally predetermine her direction or the final composition. Then she added layers of canvas and more incisions; played with the canvases’ tensions and how they interacted with her cuts; and let gravity interact with the fabric strips. “If the canvas is a little bit loose when I stretch it, it reacts differently than if it was taut. If you have gesso or acrylic on both sides of the canvas, it sags in a very different way than when it’s just on one side” said Camacho. “I finally understood that the material was free, and I needed to let the material be what it is.”
In the show at Praxis, Camacho’s surfaces twist, protrude, and droop, resembling gaping Venus fly traps, elaborate fractals, or the guts of magical creatures. “They’re still very abstract, but there’s also something very figurative in the pieces,” said Camacho. “They became alive—like people that I know, stories that I have, animals, and plants. They became dissections more than constructions.”