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Ana Maria Hernando: We Have Flowers
This exhibition features new works in which Ana Maria Hernando contemplates the duality of the nocturnal life of flowers and their daytime existence. The exhibition expands upon Hernando’s repeated use of flower and circle imagery in her performances, poetry, drawings, collages, sculptures and large-scale installations.
During Hernando’s productive career, which spans more than 25 years, she has touched the lives of many people—from the communities of women she collaborates with to fabricate artwork, to the audiences immersed in the sensual colors, fabrics and words of her art. Hernando is drawn to communities in which women live and labor together— for example, villagers in the Peruvian mountains where she buys petticoats and Carmelite cloistered nuns in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Memories of her childhood in Buenos Aires include her elders sharing stories while performing repetitive tasks of domestic labor—sewing, washing, ironing, folding—that always resulted in their work being undone through daily use. In her work, Hernando pays homage to these jobs performed with love that are often invisible, and mostly taken for granted, by representing them with a poetic sensibility grounded in devotion and respect.
This exhibition is generously supported by CU-Boulder Student Arts and Cultural Enrichment fees, and CU Art Museum members.
The exhibition catalog is generously supported by Mark and Polly Addison, Mardi and Brown Cannon, Mary Caulkins and Karl Kister, the Elizabeth Firestone Graham Foundation, Joanne and Ron Katz, Martha Records and Rich Rainaldi, Jim Robischon and Jennifer Doran of Robischon Gallery, and Bud and Barbara Shark.