Eugenia Martinez | NOVIA
11 x 10 inches | antique photograph, framed in wood and plexiglass, handwriting with acrylic paint, framed in wood
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BECAUSE YOU ARE A GIRL
Because You Are a Girl is a critically acclaimed series by Mexico City-based artist Eugenia Martínez in which she questions the construction of the feminine from its oldest representations such as the Venus of Willendorf, in which and since then, the representation of woman have been reduced to the objectification of a life-generating entity, which does not hear, does not see and does not speak.
Eugenia uses found photography from the 19th century, layered with hand-painted words and porcelain, a material used for its perceived fragility. The porcelain is shattered, the shards arranged in streams and halos around her figures, representing the breaking of traditional stereotypes and a transformation of the delicate and domestic into strength and empowerment.
The text consists of literal or distorted quotes from politicians, moral leaders, and slang words from song lyrics – all brought together to represent a collective and often contradictory point of view that addresses issues of patriarchal power structures, past and present.
ABOUT EUGENIA MARTINEZ
Martinez exhibits her work internationally, recent exhibitions include “Totem”, Galería de Arte Mexicano (GAM), D.F. Mexico,” El que tenga ojos que vea”, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo (Matamoros, Tamaulipas 2014) I don’t have a dream, Ramis Barquet (New York, 2013).