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Maria Elena González
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Carroll Gardens



ARTIST STATEMENT: I often use materials for their inherent informative capacities and history. The titles to my pieces are given with both descriptive intent and linguistic nuance. They explore the tactile and sensory qualities of spaces, shapes and materials while retaining a minimalist quality. I use the information present in materials coupled with the reduction of form to convey ideas. My work process is a combination of research based and an intuitive approach. My interests in different disciplines have yielded a wide spectrum of work via various media. The tactility of sculpture, the allure of materials and craft and recombining materials and ideas, are of a most important nature to me. The combination of sculptural installations to address issues with the use of different media and materials in an innovative way, is a constant search in my creative process. Death and loss, memory and impermanence, dislocation, identity, celebration or anxiety, are themes explored in my work. These themes change accordingly to personal, political and professional circumstances. The wonder found in Nature also features prominently via imagery, format and content. My work embodies familiar associations but leaves conclusions open-ended literally and poetically for the viewer to make. Viewer interaction is featured prominently, particularly in the site-specific works. I am very interested in the intersection of architecture and sculpture. Sites and events, weather global or personal, along with ideas, inform and inspire me and shape my work. This open approach lets me work with photography, sound, architecture, and mundane materials.
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  • T2 5-8
    2015
    Graphite, Gouache, Ink Jet on Vellum on Japanese paper
    40" x 39 1/2"
    Collage of tree bark with player piano notations on green vellum paper.

  • Nancarrow #11
    2013
    Graphite, recycled paper, gouache on Fabriano Ingres
    11 3/4" x 27 5/8"
    Drawing based on a Conlon Nancarrow Player Piano Roll.

  • Nancarrow #19
    2013
    Graphite, recycled paper, gouache, ink, on Fabriano Ingres
    19.5" x 11.5" x 2.75"
    Drawing based on a Conlon Nancarrow player piano roll.

  • Tree Talk Series
    2012
    Video, Mixed Media
    Variable
    Birch tree bark frames, Player Piano Roll derived from Bark markings, Video of Piano Roll playing in Player Piano

  • Internal DupliCity
    2006
    Wood, Plexigalss, Paint

  • Nani's House
    2006
    Concrete Debri
    1:1 scale floor plan

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