Recommended: Doris Salcedo at the Blanton Museum of Art

Colombian artist Doris Salcedo creates in response to the violence and trauma that marks contemporary life in her country.

Salcedo reshapes quotidian materials — tables and chairs, thread and fabric and clothing, simple household furniture — disrupting their everyday familiarity to create dysfunctional objects that are imbued with trauma.

The Blanton Museum of Art on Nov. 7 welcomes an installation of Salcedo’s work in its Klein Gallery which will continue through Feb. 22.   Salcedo will give a  talk at 6 p.m. Friday.

Among the works included is “Atrabiliarios (Defiant).” Salcedo uses shoes that belonged to women who were “disappeared” in the Colombian political, encasing them in wall alcoves behind sheets of translucent animal skin that is crudely stitched to the gallery wall. Reminiscent of the niches found in churchs, Salcedo shoe alcoves are augmented with small casket-like boxes that lie on the gallery floor, also made from the same eerie animal membrane.

Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.  blantonmuseum.org

 

Doris Salcedo.  "Atrabiliarios [Defiant]," 1992-93. Drywall, shoes, cow bladder, and surgical thread. Collection of Diane and Bruce Halle
Doris Salcedo.
“Atrabiliarios [Defiant],” 1992-93. Drywall, shoes, cow bladder, and surgical thread. Collection of Diane and Bruce Halle

Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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