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Description of Pictures: Paintings from the Confinement
Through August 28, 2022
This new installation in the American art galleries comprises 11 intimate egg tempera paintings by San Diego-based artist Marianela de la Hoz. The group of works all were created in 2020 to 2021 in response to the transformative circumstances imposed by the global pandemic of COVID-19. A related installation features two self-portraits by local artist Carlo Miranda, who worked as a nurse during the pandemic.
During these very long months of confinement all of us have changed in many ways. At least for me it has been a time to reevaluate and confirm that the only treasures I have are my loved ones, family, friends, and art; everything else remained as non-essential.
The coronavirus pandemic assaulted me without prior notice, unraveling my plans, my references, leaving me incredulous and speechless.
My work tries to put aside internal censorship, my shyness and fear are removed. My work is dark and is full of black humor, sarcasm. During these days, how could I represent something unknown, mysterious, and invisible, something so threatening and painful?
A feeling of modesty invaded me and I could not invoke death in images, the same real death that appeared every day through the door. Perhaps I did not want to represent it so as not to hurt those who had lost a loved one and I also became aware with this insistent and imminent certainty of my own mortality.
Looking in the mirror I began to question myself very seriously about what is the use of what I do, especially in moments like this, what is my contribution to society?
At last I convinced myself to return honestly and with conviction, to what I am, to my essence, to the only thing I know how to do. Once again, I began to try to find paths, images, symbols, metaphors, references to show, point out, translate, document what the pandemic was causing in the feelings and behavior of human beings, myself included.
~Marianela de la Hoz, 2021
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SDMACO_220719_01.JPG: Paintings from the Confinement
SDMACO_220719_04.JPG: Carlo Miranda
Nightmare within a Dream, 2021
SDMACO_220719_13.JPG: Marianela de la Hoz
Divine Punishment, Affirms My Aunt, 2020
SDMACO_220719_18.JPG: Marianela de la Hoz
Rip Van Covid, 2020
SDMACO_220719_26.JPG: Marianela de la Hoz
In "Natural" Selection, We Lost One Dimension, 2020
SDMACO_220719_30.JPG: Marianela de la Hoz
Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death, 2020
SDMACO_220719_36.JPG: Marianela de la Hoz
Online Mourning, 2020
SDMACO_220719_43.JPG: Marianela de la Hoz
Are We There Yet?, 2021
SDMACO_220719_53.JPG: Marianela de la Hoz
Alice in the World of the Spectacle through the Screen and Its Images, 2021
SDMACO_220719_58.JPG: Marianela de la Hoz
The Falling Stars, 2021
SDMACO_220719_64.JPG: Marianela de la Hoz
Suffering from the Inside and from the Outside, 2020
SDMACO_220719_73.JPG: Marianela de la Hoz
Once Upon a Time, There Was a Grandmother Who Lived Inside a Cell Phone, 2020
SDMACO_220719_77.JPG: Experiences of Confinement
SDMACO_220719_82.JPG: Marianela de la Hoz
2020, Global Coup d'Etat, 2020
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Wikipedia Description: San Diego Museum of Art
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The San Diego Museum of Art opened as the Museum of Fine Arts on February 28, 1926. The funders turned over ownership of the building to the City of San Diego. It is located in Balboa Park. The museum building was designed by architect William Templeton Johnson.
The Museum's collections are encyclopedic in nature, with pieces ranging in date from 5,000 B.C. to 2001 A.D. The museum's strength is in Spanish works by Murillo, Zurbarán, Ribera and El Greco.
There is a small eclectic Asian art gallery, a couple Impressionist era paintings, some Georgia O'Keefes (although these are not always on display) and a number of interesting modern pieces.
Additionally, they have works by Italian masters Giorgione, Giotto, Veronese, Luini and Canaletto. Works by Rubens, Hals and van Dyck represent the Northern European School.
The museum regularly hosts touring exhibits and has lately been working to display its standard collection in new ways (including an upstairs gallery discussing information which can be gathered by looking on the back of the canvas).
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