of Susan Vargas
Pedagogical Institute of Cyprus
Environmental Studies of Salamiou),
organizes an art exhibition by Susan Vargas. The
show will be opened by Paphos District Officer Mr Andreas
Christodoulides on Sunday 10th of April 2011 at 4 pm.
The exhibition will last until 8th of May 2011. The
work of Susan Vargas will consist of 15 appliqués.
The American poet Caroline
Frances says about S. Vargas work:
Sewing pieces of cloth in a
decorative way is a craft practiced by many cultures and turned
into an art by contemporary artists like Susan Vargas.
At the end of
the 16th century the Spanish conquistadores came to
Colombia and saw the indigenous people almost naked. The
Spaniards imposed their culture and religion on them and forced
them to cover their bodies which had previously been painted
with pre-Columbian motifs. This is when the “molas”appeared.
They were pieces of cloth sewn together in very schematic
representations of pre-Columbian visual culture and used to
cover their bodies.
appliqués even though they have to do with the Colombian
tradition are very contemporary and universal. Her themes as
well as her technique are of her own and remind us of her style
in painting. The main symbol is the Bull. The bull is not only
an indication of her background (her native country, bullfights,
etc.) it also brings to light the interaction between the Latin
American and the Mediterranean cultures. The titles such as “The
Bull of Bogotá”, “Minoan ritual”, “The Bull of Cyprus”, are some
examples of this.
appliqués she divides the surface and organises a distribution
of the colour fields in such a way - often using diagonal lines
- achieving in this way a dynamic composition.
In her work
there is a symbolic dimension and she uses a multileveled
correlation between history and contemporary reality. Some of
these paintings are “The Bull in love with the moon”,
“Argonauts”, ”Three apostles”, “Bull zeibekiko” and “Bull
fight”. In her work one can notice flying priests, people
enigmatically standing with umbrellas, boats in stormy oceans
and mysterious rituals with bulls …
colourful compositions, full of freshness and vitality. The
artist uses elements from children’s and naïve art to create a
dreamlike atmosphere full of poetry and lyricism.
was born in Bogotá, Colombia in 1963. From 1982-86 she studied
art in Agnes Scott College in Atlanta, GA., USA and in Florence,
Italy. In 1987 she studied at the Hocshule fur Angewendete Kunst
in Vienna, Austria. From 1988 to 1989 she did experimental
theatre and video art at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia in
Bogotá. In 1989-90 she did a postgraduate course in art at the
Cyprus College of Art.
In 1990 she started the “Praxis &
Installations” with Rinos Stefani and in 1994 she participated
in the Pan-Hellenic Art Symposium and she represented Cyprus in
various international exhibitions, in Thessaloniki, Strasbourg
She has had
solo exhibitions and participated in many group shows (Cyprus,
Greece, Colombia, USA etc.)
She lives and works in Tala, Pafos.