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Cecilia Galiena

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All images from an ongoing project : SOLIDS MATTER. - Image Description : 1 - Afghan, 2002, oil on canvas board, 6x9 inches. 2. - Dick Cheeney, 2002, oil on canvas board, 6x9 inches. 3. - Calm, 2002, charcoal on wall, dimension variable. 4. - Collar Bomb, 2003, gouache and marker on found framed glass, 12 x10 inches. 5. - Vacuum, 2003, charcoal on wall, dimension variable. 6. - NY Harbor, American Express Financial Center, oil on canvas board, 14 x 18 inches.
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I started SOLIDS MATTER from a desire to turn concepts into solid shapes, as if we could weigh, touch, put in a shopping bag or on a shelf the concepts and ideas we all express and then hand them over to the people we talk to when we need to communicate with them.I started by drawing shapes and phrases on the wall with charcoal, using my left hand, to defy my skilled hand (the right one) and the perspectival canons. I then went on by clipping newsphoto images from the New York Times and painting the characters in them depicted and inserting in the space of their body gestures the same solids I drew on the wall.After that I explored the New York City landscape, near Ground Zero, painted a few scenes with buildings and the Hudson River and inserted my solids in the landscape, very large undefined objects floating on the Hudson and approaching downtown NYC.
I like to challenge the relationship between the signifier (the word for ‘threat‘), the signified (the concept of ‘threat‘) and the referent (the actual ‘threat’ in real life), make fun of the traditional way we think and communicate, and make room between our head and our stomach to experience the written language in ways other than the ones we are accustomed to.
CECILIA GALIENA
339 JERSEY STREET
CALIFORNIA 94114
San Francisco, CA
California
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