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Sara Jimenez

Pictured: Sara Jimenez’s work, The Edge of Dwelling, in progress. Image courtesy of the artist. 

Here We Land | April 14 - July 14, 2019

Filipina-Canadian artist Sara Jimenez draws from familial narratives, abandoned objects, detritus and colonial texts, as well as photos, maps and textiles from the Philippines, to create installations and performances that center on concepts of origins and home, loss and absence. In Glyndor’s middle gallery, she creates an immersive, fictional city from printed and collaged images placed on cardboard and wood, depicting historical ruins, churches, estates and other buildings from colonial texts of the Philippines. Supplemented with a soundscape, this disorienting, multi-perspective space blurs distinctions between the real and imagined, the wild and the civilized, the empty and the occupied. Created in partnership with Finnish composer Lau Nau, an ambient and subtle soundtrack vibrates through the room in an unidentifiable murmur. The collaborative pair uses recorded excerpts from natural phenomena and quiet but occupied places at Wave Hill to create an auditory experience “between silence and a charged sense of haunting.”

Pictured: Sara Jimenez’s work, The Edge of Dwelling, 2019, Papier-mâché, adhesive, cardboard, inkjet prints of early 19th c./late 20th c. American colonial photography of the Philippines, inkjet prints of Wave Hill House and Glyndor House. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Sefan Hagen.

Pictured: Sara Jimenez’s work, The Edge of Dwelling, 2019. Courtesy of the artist. Photo: Sefan Hagen.

Winter Workspace 2015

Pictured: Installation created during the artist's Winter Workspace residency, Courtesy of the artist.

Through a multimedia practice that demands vulnerability of both the artist and viewer, Sara Jimenez investigates the process of identity formation: how we claim ourselves in an impermanent world. Jimenez is interested in the way complex forces manifest themselves physically, whether in the properties of materials like salt or nylon, or in the artist’s own body. During her time in the Winter Workspace, Jimenez continued her sculptural and printerly explorations into salt crystals as they grow and leave traces.  

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The Arts at Wave Hill are supported by the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Michael J. Shannon; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; the National Endowment for the Arts; New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; New York Community Trust Edward and Sally Van Lier Fund; New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; The Pollock-Krasner Foundation; The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation; and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.