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Irene Dubrovsky: cartography of the human spirit

By Margaret Failoni

Born in Buenos Aires in 1972, and the recipient of the National Artists’ Award (scholarship) in Mexico, Irene Dubovsky’s use of cartography to literally weave a spiritual bridge between man and his universe is the magic presented in this exhibition of transcendental maps.

“Cartography of the Human Spirit”
Fri, Sep 6, 5-8pm
Galería Santiago Corral
Fábrica La Aurora

As Octavio Avendaño Trujillo writes, “Taking as her starting point formal and technological elements like the Google Earth platform or maps of airline routes, the artist achieves an eclectic duality which leads to a spiritual and rational state, allowing us to recreate incomplete visions to understand the spirit and the revealed form of the aesthetic experience.”

Using various materials such as paint on woven handmade paper, layered onto canvas,

Dubrovsky squats over large sheets and paints and weaves, practicing the very slow technology of the Mexican bedroll called petate. Water maps, like “The Great Wave,” pay homage to Hokusay’s famous screen print. Dynamic maps, Arctic and Antarctic maps, are all magnificent interpretations of spirituality and emotional presence rather than the actual pictorial exactness and therefore, all the more exciting. Different variations of Dubovsky’s cartography have been presented in some of the world’s most prestigious biennials and museums throughout the world, making her one of the most followed and sought-after young, contemporary artists of this present generation.

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