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Anima Sola by Tina Medina

 

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Richland College’s Lago Vista Gallery is proud to present “Anima Sola” by Dallas based artist Tina Medina. Medina’s works deliver intimate portraiture concerned with cultural identity and symbolic investigation. The works take to the form of small embroidered images, watercolors, and other materials as Medina explores the boundaries between the kitsch and profound. The exhibition will run from February 23 through March 23, 2011 with a closing reception on Wednesday, March 23rd , 2-3 PM.

The title of the exhibition, “Anima Sola,” translates as Forsaken Soul or Lonely Soul, a primarily catholic symbol referencing a soul in purgatory or stasis. The works in the exhibit reference a border between representation and recognition, offering immersion into Spanish, Catholic, popular culture and Mesoamerican imagery influenced by personal narrative.

3rd-month-1-800Medina says of her work: “Recently I’ve found embroidery to be an interesting process. Satisfyingly tactile, yet slow and tedious to build, embroidery is not traditionally thought of as an art process. Usually this technique is associated with gender roles and kitsch, but I use embroidery as another artist might use a pencil. When I embroider I respond to the thread in the cloth intuitively and follow no patterns.”

“Anima Sola” and all associated events are free and open to the public. The Lago Vista Gallery, located in the Library on the Richland College campus, is open Monday- Thursday from 9 to 9, Friday from 9 to 4 and Saturday from 12 to 4. For more information please contact Gallery Coordinator Ryder Richards at rrichards@dcccd.edu.  For more information on parking please visit the gallery MAPS.