Untitled from The Series of Memories, 1997, resin with photocopies and natural materials

Untitled from The Series of Memories, 1997, resin with photocopies and natural materials

Claudia Aranovich (Argentina)

CLAUDIA ARANOVICH, formally trained as a sculptor, has turned to color Xerox copies of old family group pictures imbedded in polyester resin in this two dimensional series entitled Roots in the Sea of Memories. Her usage of material is an important aspect of the work and can clearly be seen as selected for its sheer symbolic usage. The polyester resin protects the image from the elements, and this way protects the history and memory of her immigrant family who crossed the Atlantic Ocean from Europe to South America in search of a new and prosperous life. Across the photos run twigs and small branches seemingly in search of soil to grow new roots. Xerox copies in themselves are of another generation, just as she is of a younger generation than the people portrayed. As with Eduardo Medici, she discusses her origin and ‘roots,’ and sets out in these literal visual translations to create a delicate balancing act of history and biography. The powerful forces of memory, family and a sense of belonging are evident in the work. Aranovich documents family history and her identity as being part of the New World with its multifaceted history of immigration.

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