Take a second look at the muted hues, scribbles, and grafitti like text. It's just the beginning. VICTORIA M. BARQUIN is a printmaker based out of Chicago who's work is insightful in its texture and political in it's universal analysis. In a recent exhibition called TILE FACTORY monotype prints like the ones in the grid above consider "...the deep connection between human beings and the built environment." This "second skin" as referenced to by the artist, is "any artificial barrier beyond our skin..." from (Rethinking Design and Interiors: Human Beings in the Built Environment by Shashi Caan- Founder of The Collective) It's through these prints, and their tile like presence, that the artist gives us something to consider in terms of imagery, text and the space around us.
Ms. Barquins inspiration for this work evolved during a 3 month period abroad in Spain which included a one month residency at Can Serrat International Art Center in El Bruc,Catalonia. The impact of walls, tiles, tags and graffiti as the artist states "...surpassed profound". Through this work, Barquin proceeds to tie in multiple ideas and the broad influence of tile. She considers labeling, the dynamic between print media and protest as well as the square format and Instagrams Aspect Ratio. Bad design, and a look at nostalgia are examined as well and represented in the colors and run-off text that surfaces in the prints. MORE FROM THE ARTIST DIRECTLY.
Ms. Barquin has contemplated "tile" throughout much of her printmaking. As well as aspects of the built environment. In earlier work the artist addresses the affects of her built environment or "second skin" through her parents divorce. In a collection called "If Water Could Melt" she produced a book of poems articulating her journey along with a series of silkscreen, monotype and intaglio prints that extracted pieces of her built environment as part of the imagery. Green tile from her childhood home made its debut within this collection. MORE...
As part of her practice, Ms.Barquin enjoys collaborating with other artists. Much like a beautiful tile in in a larger mosaic, the artist recognizes the value in joint voices.
In one of her ongoing projects, with interdisciplinary artist Polina Protsenko their creation called PICKUP is a continuing series of laser cut coasters, with text, that call attention to real life, and often boundary less verbal exchanges that occur in public spaces. The coaster are being circulated back into these environments ie. bars and clubs to raise awareness. For more on this project visit pickupcoasters.com READ MORE ABOUT Ms. Barquin on her website WWW.VICTORIAMARIEBARQUIN.COM