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Mixed media on panel (plaster and paint on panel) | 2021
In her new collection of mixed media works, Monica Curiel continues to explore the connection between materiality and movement. Using humble construction materials, Curiel creates each piece through a visceral process that seeks to push the boundaries of painting into a sculptural space — mimicking the grouting techniques that she learned at an early age while assisting her father on job sites. Seemingly at odds with what is typically thought of as Latin art, “Black Collection” draws on inspiration found in the built environment and her surroundings to add layers of meaning into her work, which is fundamentally spatial in nature.
18 x 14 x 1.5 inches
Artist recommends, depending on the work and how textured it is, using a compressed air duster
can with a spray nozzle. If dusting off a flat painting with no plaster on it, you may use a wax cloth and gently rub off any excess dust.
Although each work is created with the intention to last, natural elements and time can change the pigmentation of a work. Works on this site are made to be hung indoors.
It is not recommended to place any work outside or in direct sunlight. The sun may damage artwork, it can lighten a color several tones or in extreme temperatures, a wooden panel can warp.
Signed by artist.
The work comes with a Certification of Authenticity signed by the Co-Founder of Tappan.
Born in Texas to immigrant parents from Jalisco who made their living as labor workers, Curiel spent her formative years assisting them on job sites, where she was introduced to construction materials like plaster, house paint, and grouting tools. These materials form the basis of her palette, drawing the artist back to her cultural roots via medium and process.
Curiel’s work has been featured in Architectural Digest, The New York Times, The Sight Unseen &*Wallpaper.