Tatiana Garmendia

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Tatiana Garmendia is an interdisciplinary artist exploring how the stories we tell each other and whisper to ourselves can be expressed through a variety of media including drawing. Garmendia lived in Castro’s Cuba, Franco’s Spain, and Nixon’s United States of America before turning eight. Perhaps because Garmendia is a child of revolution, of broken promises, and of political asylum, her work is driven by an existential itch to probe identity, history and culture. It wrestles with conflicting moral intuitions, with the personal and the historic, conflating them. These drawings specifically probe notions of distances, great and small, as well as notions of open ground and narrow passes. The various figures advance or retreat into the ground of the drawing as they materialize and dematerialize on the translucent Mylar. They occupy and relinquish the shallow stage of their actions variously, through their levels of opacity or translucency, through their entrances or exits. Like characters in an epic story, the figures play their compulsory parts in an ever-unfolding narrative arc.