Young Student Presents Her First Solo Exhibition

By Edgardo Kerlegand

The Instituto Allende is a traditional San Miguel institution, nurturer of artists. Claudia Jiménez Chagoya, a young artist originally from the state of Zacatecas, currently resides in San Miguel de Allende and is studying for a Bachelor of Visual Arts degree at the Instituto. She will present her first solo exhibition in September. Claudia has taken courses in artistic anatomy, graphic design, and digital art at the Alberta College of Art and Design in Calgary, Canada. Although most of her attention is devoted to sculpture, she is also interested in engraving and drawing.

Claudia’s work is influenced by artists like Auguste Rodin and Camille Claudel, Javier Marín, Ron Mueck, Kathe Kollwitz, and movements such as the Cur Art and Viennese Actionism.

She sees herself as an artist interested in stories, myths, and legends, the passing of time, decay, death and especially the human body. She is also interested in substituting classic materials for alternative ones, including organics, trying to meet and exceed her own limits, fears and taboos, in a sort of catharsis or release.

She has participated in group exhibitions in San Miguel, and soon she will inaugurate her exhibition entitled “The Messengers,” at Teatro Fernando Calderón in Zacatecas.

For Claudia, the messengers are crows, and what is important in them is not the message they carry, but the birds themselves, what they are and represent. In a kind of empathy with these birds, according to the artist, in a European cosmogony, crows represent something which is about to happen.

In her exhibition, the artist will present a series of sculptures, prints, and drawings that elevate these winged creatures to the category of personal symbols. Her works embody a woman with these birds, uniting them in a symbiotic relationship between message and messenger.

The artist has managed to give  formal meaning to these winged beings and above all she has achieved a personal catharsis, therefore inviting us to reflect on ourselves and the close organic relationship we maintain with these messengers in our psyche and imagery.


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