The Ambassador of Mexico, Mr Hector Valezzi in collaboration with the University of Pretoria held a Joint Exhibition by Mexican Artists Martha Delgado Ponce and Casandra Sabag Hillen. The Exhibition at the University's Edoardo Villa Museum is currently running and is open until May 18.
Both artists graduated from the National School of Plastic Arts (ENAP) of the Mexican National Autonomous University (UNAM). Martha Delgado is from the Education Continues Program and was a student in Maestro Ignacio Salazar’s workshop, and Casandra Sabag has a degree and postgraduate studies in Visual Arts; both are in search for the consolidation of a visual discourse that defines their identity as producers. The quality accomplished in their recent work is evident. In Contemporary Art, the elimination of a representation has become a norm and has been replaced by the presentation of objects in a way that illusion has become an exception in this context. In their journey, these artists intend to recover the representation of an image by means of the reappraisal of paintings. Even though each artist has their own plan, they both make use of photographic resources as an auxiliary tool for the development of their work, creating diverging paths.
MARTHA DELGADO PONCE
In her work she ventures to retrieve a seemingly exhausted genre, such as the portrait.
Most of her paintings are in a portrait format, giving the composition an eminent dynamism that appears like a constant element in the integration of the figure and the background. This fusion is accomplished through the use of nostalgic hazy colours that showcase her technical abilities. Her artworks on occasion feature free and gestural brushstrokes that result in a “poetic realism”, filled with contemporary characters of her surroundings, creating an intimate atmosphere: very sweet girls, young people that evoke her own personality.
CASANDRA SABAG HILLEN
Her artworks are very complex. She uses glassy enamel, collages, oils, graphite, encaustic and different techniques that are displayed in a great number of paintings of small formats. While these mediums are traditional the treatment that addresses the resolution is not. The formal resolution of the paintings is also an exploration running through a wide range of intentions, from the energetic fast lines, the cross hatching to the detailed drawings that are similar to traditional treatments. Another reiterative element in her work is the use of gold leaf that reminds us of religious altarpieces.
She creates an image with various layers: the first and most evident, is each of the four hundred small images that are artworks in their own right, all these small images are then joined to create a larger artwork. The whole vision resembles one of the behaviours of fractal geometry, where there is a similarity between the smaller components and the whole. The spiral is a reoccurring element, which transforms into “The Babel Tower”, “Monument to the third international” by Vladimir Tatlin; it is a whirlwind, a maze. The artwork as a whole is a labyrinth containing other labyrinths. The images presented with different techniques can have various interpretations. The finished artwork is Babel in itself, where the different heteronyms have a different language and a different thought, where disagreement would be expected given the impossibility of communication; but the tower rises, thus creating an environment, a constructed landscape that is foreign to nature, a Babel which is a “Utopia”.
Cassandra has centred her interests in two themes, namely landscapes and the human figure and uses different mediums and techniques. Her landscapes have an icy light and the characters have a nostalgic feel to them.
List of Art Work- Martha Delgado Ponce (translation)
1. Interior-Exterior ll, oil on canvas, wood
2. Interior-Exterior lll, oil on canvas, wood
3. Moon, oil on canvas, wood
4. Sun, oil on canvas, wood
5. Time, oil on canvas, wood
6. Water, oil on canvas, wood
7. Fire, oil on canvas, wood
8. Light-Chaos, oil on canvas, wood
9. Rocio, oil on canvas, wood
10. Scale, oil on canvas, wood
11. White boy, oil on canvas, wood
12. The divine form, oil on canvas, wood
13. Salt, oil on canvas, wood
14. Red, oil on canvas, wood
15. Models, acrylic on wood
List of Art Work- Casandra Sabag Hillen (translation)
16. There is no nature, oil, acrylic, graffito on a mirror, collage
17. Babel, acrylic on a carpet