FRANCISCO BENITEZ | Doña Inés Lost Her Slipper | Pop-Up Dec 9-10 / by Tasha Ostrander

Photo: Tasha Ostrander©2017

Photo: Tasha Ostrander©2017

Pop-up | SECOND STREET STUDIOS: ART CRAWL
WHEN | DECEMBER 9-10 | 2017
WHERE | SECOND STREET STUDIOS | 1807 2nd Street | Santa Fe, NM
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WEEKEND HOURS

SATURDAY | DEC 9 | 12-5pm
SUNDAY | DEC 10 | 12-5pm

In his most recent works, Francisco Benitez delves into a new area of exploration for the Doña Inés Lost Her Slipper Project. Benitez explains how the Project, which began with sketches in 2014, continues to evolve and transform to the present.

In his own words, Benitez writes..... 

...I wanted to create images where thoughts become bubbles surrounding the subject, which serve both an aesthetic and conceptual function. In my mind they are the manifestation of that which is not visible….in a naturalistic universe we paint only that which is optically visible, as Ruskin would assert. But, in my universe the thoughts of the painted subjects are just as important as their physical representation.

I created the ‘Doña Inés Lost Her Slipper’ project in 2014, for which a successful kickstarter campaign was launched. The show opened at the Santa Fe Community College Visual Arts Gallery in October of 2014, and traveled to the Palazzo Nicolaci, an 18th century living museum, in the historic city of Noto, Sicily, during the summer of 2015. The drawing, ‘Doña Inés with a Flower’, is a continuing part of that series. I had explored representations of Doña Ines’ mental states, as well as those of her Native American maidservant, through many paintings, drawings, photographs, and a video. This drawing embodies a sort of deconstruction of Doña Inés though the abstract stylization of her dress, and the myriad “thought bubbles” surrounding her, with fluid allusions to the post-colonial, post-industrial, post-feminist images.

I created a related, but independent character, called “La Comtesse”, who appears in a number of paintings.

In the second work, I made La Comtesse the subject, with a similar group of thought bubbles floating about her, with allusions again to the post-colonial legacy, embedded in images of factories, atom bomb explosions, and 18thc magic box silhouette portraits.

In this work, I wanted to use authentic Italian gesso as a background color and texture, with an oil figure painted on top of it, with graphite watercolor images floating around her.
 
  —Francisco Benitez

Dona Inez with a Flower, 2017, ink, sepia, charcoal and graphite on watercolor paper, 60 x 48 in.

Dona Inez with a Flower, 2017, ink, sepia, charcoal and graphite on watercolor paper, 60 x 48 in.

La Comtesse with Thoughts, 2017, oil and watercolor over Italian gesso on board, 36 x 36 in.

La Comtesse with Thoughts, 2017, oil and watercolor over Italian gesso on board, 36 x 36 in.