Today we’d like to introduce you to Ana Mabeline Aguirre.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I am a desert sojourner, visual artist and printmaker.
My art reflects the intensity that connects me with my being a woman, with my being an immigrant and with understanding life as a continuous metaphor of the endless trip to the inner world. I was born and raised in the northern semi desert of Mexico and I have been planted in the high desert in Central Oregon.
My story is made of dried clay by the sun, a methapor of the fullnes that looks simple at first sight, cracks in the surface like marks in the soul, events in life that have formed me as an imperfect searcher. I can see deep dark lines in my surface, memories of my mother losing a kidney when I was a child, tears over my buried first born, new beginning in strange countries but also the everyday things, the old books, my husband’s eyes, my son’s arms and my art all of it as a rocky landscape full of beuty.
I draw and paint on a white table by the window, a few years ago, I met myself just where I left me and since then I’m a markmaker and touch every one of my pieces with the expectation as if it were the first one and finish it with the passion as if it is the last one in my story.
I received my BFA from School of Visual Arts at the UANL, in Monterrey, N. L., Mexico.
Artist in residency. Experimental Art program in Cologne, Germany.
Please tell us about your art.
My passion is to create images with a strong voice enough to make the viewer to listen. My artwork uses layers and different plates to create light and shadows visible only on the final print or paint, the lines and textures are part of the very spirit of the paper I just let them to talk by themselves and to appear freely through the ink.
Printmaking forces me to accept the unexpected and it gives me only part of the control over the final result. I use the woman’s body as a landscape, it is how I try to express my beliefs and thoughts about the complex strength of the feminine spirit. Using techniques as Monoprint and Collagraph, I create a unique piece every time.
I find the process of making marks on a plate and to print them on paper as a leap to the unknown that amazes me and brings me into a place to be myself and from where the outside can see me as I am.
As an artist, how do you define success and what quality or characteristic do you feel is essential to success as an artist?
The artist has an special connection with his surroundings and feelings the deep desire to share that personal vision with whom are around therefore builds tirelessly throughout of his or her artwork’s bridges so that the observer can be able to connect and experiences the same intimate pleasure of listening with the eyes and to feel the colors with the taste.
If the viewer can feel the art resonating in his spirit, moving in his inner world and with his closed eyes move away from it feeling happier, sadder, fulfilled or even bigger than before, than the art and the many layers that the art represents itself that’s what I think means succes.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can see my art at The Bend Art Center https://bendartcenter.org/featured-artist-ana-aguirre/ in beautiful Bend, Oregon also they can visit my Instagram: anamabelineaguirre or my website: http://anamabeline.com.
Upcomming segment at OPB. Art Beat. April 4th 8:00 pm
“Imprint” Collective Exhibition. Salem Art Association, Bush Barn Art Center. October 2018
“Déja vú” Collective Exhibition. Bend Art Center. December 2018
WinterxWinter. Cured Exhibition. Bend Art Center. January 2019
The Healer. Bend Art Center. February 2019
- Instagram: anamabelineaguirre
- Website: http://anamabeline.com
- E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Workshop images by Milly Dole, MR Photography