Maria Rendón recently finished her Masters at UCSB and has a new show up at SBCC’s Atkinson Gallery to prove it. Called “Missing Rib,” it’s a collection of her watery acrylic abstracts that float on the paper’s surface, and offer ghostly shapes that recall Francis Bacon and maybe a little bit of David Lynch or Picabia. Influenced by the Mexican surrealists, she left Mexico City to study at the Art Center in Pasadena.
Topics discussed include
Missing Rib – the new show and the reference
Working with watery acrylic
That fine line beyond representational art
What to do with people’s interpretations
Her childhood as a young existentialist
The influence of Remedios Varo
Her transition to graphic designer, “a thinking illustrator”
What’s the division between graphic design and fine art?
The process of unlearning and turning off parts of the mind
Her working process
“I’m always in the middle of something”
Meanwhile, I will be moderating the artist talk at MichaelKate, Friday, March 6, called “Psyched Out” where I’ll be chatting with Deborah Lee Baker, Joaquin Howard, and Elmira Lilic.
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