Claudia Peña Salinas' most recent work includes sculptures, installations, paintings, videos, publications and photographs. After her residency at SOMA Mexico, the artist returned to her homeland, where she found a fertile, broad area for her to explore. The documentation, travel, collection and discovery process associated with Peña Salinas' artistic practice suggests a reflection on space, materials and time - an intimate, personal way to interact with Mexico beyond culture and politics. She has namely focused on searching for the original site of the ancient Tlaloc monolith (Coatlinchan), currently displayed at the National Museum of Anthropology in Mexico City.Read More
The artist has recreated pre-Hispanic sites through extremely minimalistic installations that are based on historic references and conceptual rhetoric. Over the last couple of years, she has focused on Tlaloc and Chalchiuhtlicue, the male and female Aztec gods of rain and fertility. Her findings have influenced her unfinished body of artwork, which was recently displayed not only at her solo exhibition held at Embajada in San Juan (Puerto Rico) but also in the collective exhibition. Pacha, Llaqta, Wasichay: Indigenous Space, Modern Architecture, New Art at the Whitney Museum (New York).
She studied at the Art Institute of Chicago and received a MFA from Hunter College (New York). Her work has been displayed at the Whitney Museum of American Art (2018); Carrillo Gil Art Museum (2015); Queens Museum of Art (2012); Art Museum of Puerto Rico (2006) and Museo del Barrio (2005) in New York.
Text courtesy Galería Pelaires.
Over the past several years, artist Claudia Peña Salinas has narrowed the focus of her practice to two Aztec water deities: Tláloc and Chalchiuhtlicue. Her research into the subject is as much personal as it is political. Peña Salinas was born in Montemorelos, Mexico, and now lives and works in New York City.
Claudia Peña Salinas is a mixed media artist whose work includes sculpture, painting, photography, and installation. From Mexico but currently living in New York City, she received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1999. Here she discusses some of her installation pieces, use of architectural space, self-published books...
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