Constellations from Sandra Vásquez de la Horra at Sprovieri, London

Preview: 31 Mar 6 – 8 pm
Exhibition: 1 Apr – 20 May 2022

Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Letting Go, 2021, watercolour, graphite on paper dipped in beeswax, 227 x 116 cm (detail)
Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, Letting Go, 2021, watercolour, graphite on paper dipped in beeswax, 227 x 116 cm (detail)


A sky cracked with stars like a black mirror in the endless night,
In the desert the constellations appeared, they wanted to find me;
They were my mother and my father,
I said goodbye to them and I knew that my fate was in other lands.

(Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, 2022)

Sprovieri is delighted to present Constellations, Sandra Vásquez de la Horra’s second solo exhibition at the Gallery.

Sandra Vásquez de la Horra’s drawings are influenced by film, fairy tales, botanical and zoological textbooks, as well as from her personal background. Since 1997, the Artist finishes her drawings by dipping them in wax. This process gives her work a unique materiality and emphasises the pencil line with ambiguous depth.

The traditions and myths of her Chilean origins and the influence of Latin-American magic-realist literature are essential in her artistic practice. Religion, mythology, sexuality and the bizarre, reverberate and merge together, trapped beneath the wax coating of her drawings. Her works deal with borderline experiences, femininity, fear and death, as well as poetry, reawakening demons, ghosts, creatures of myth and gloomy dreams.

The extremely defined images show desires that stem from both her personal and wider universal experience: they appear ecstatic, traumatic and surrealistic. Frequently working while she travels, her drawings are often stowed in her luggage, functioning as a sort of pictorial diary.

Her recent three-dimensional houses engage the viewer with the return to her childhood home. She does not only represent the physical aspects of a house but engages the viewer psychologically with the internal structure being inaccessible. The Artist continues combining sculpture and painting with the use of leporelli sheets which once complete are then folded and dipped in beeswax to give the drawings their stability.

The Artist has been invited to the 59th International Art Exhibition of la Biennale di Venezia 2022 “The Milk of Dreams” curated by Cecilia Alemani.


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