In Amalia Galdona Broche’s first exhibition with the gallery (2020), she wove, stitched, and braided “Companions of Concealment,” a hybrid of female and animal forms – a supernatural cosmology of ancestral beings who are intermediaries between humans and the spirit world, in death, birth, healing, and conflicts. For her second exhibition, “Vestments of Time,” Galdona Broche considers the effects and duration of her immigration: “I was a child of the Cuban Revolution during the Special Period, a time of extreme economic adversity. Through sculpture and time-based media, I explore the fluid nature of identity, faith, memory of identity, transculturation and immigration, highlighting labor-intensive processes such as collecting, tearing, breaking, joining, weaving, knotting and assembling textiles and found materials. Referencing Spanish, as well as West African belief systems, rituals and imagery, I navigate the complex and fluid nature of history and identity.”
Galdona Broche has spent equal time living in both Cuba and America. Childhood and adolescent memories recede as American culture ascends, a confusing and mournful loss for the artist as she confronts cultural accommodation. Galdona Broche’s observations and questions regarding the lived experience of immigration drive her new series of standing floor sculptures and mixed media wall works. On view in this exhibition are five, five foot, fleshy, corporeal forms, painted to mime bronze memorials and nine resin/textile wall works. The statuaries are genderless, but they assume aspects of the female form that suggest carriage – what is retained and released from birth to death. The sculptures are painted in code, dashes and circles, signifying the relentless nature of impermanence. Each sculpture is laden with multiple layers of folding skin and dredged faces, some sloughing off and regressing; others fresh, smooth, and ascendant. All the voluptuous, ponderous strata represent who we are, were, and are becoming – a brew of Dorian Gray complexity.
AMALIA GALDONA BROCHE ONLINE 2023 EXHIBITION CATALOG
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Amalia Galdona Broche was recently named Assistant Professor of Art in the Textiles Department, Rhode Island School of Design. She received her MFA from the School of Art; Visual Studies, University of Kentucky in 2021. Galdona Broche was awarded the prestigious International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award for 2021. Residencies include MASS MoCA Studios/Assets in 2019 as well as the New York Academy of Art in 2015.