Avifauna: Birds + Habitat
Glyndor Gallery | April 7–June 24, 2018
Pictured above: Tatiana Arocha,Kuntur, 2016,Digital paintings and collages UV-printed on archival cotton canvas hand-painted with gold acrylic, 48 x 98 inches.Courtesy of the artist.
Raised in Bogotá, Colombia, Tatiana Arocha is the daughter of one of Colombia’s leading anthropologists and environmentalists. She grew up in the midst of nature, since childhood camping with her father and his friends across the diverse ecological regions of Colombia. Today, she creates monochromatic images of tropical landscapes and their inhabitants in work that is an urgent call to preserve endangered ecosystems. Using a lengthy, manual process, Arocha culls the raw materials for these images by cataloging and pressing plant specimens collected during jungle expeditions in Colombia, Brazil and Peru. Then she digitally paints using this archive and other mark-making techniques, such as layering digitized brushstrokes and other textural elements. The artist derives each detail of a plant or animal from the texture of a specimen in her archive.
Perpetual Flight is a series of panels shaped like birds that are installed in trees surrounding Glyndor Gallery. These represent birds displaced by endangered ecosystems. This ongoing public art project highlights how increasingly erratic weather patterns, caused by global warming, contribute to the number of vagrants that are blown off course, to land in places far from their natural flight paths.
Arocha graduated from the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University, Bogotá, Colombia, with a BFA in graphic design. Her current work spans a range of media, such as drawing, large collage installations and motion graphics. In 2017, Arocha was commissioned by MTA Arts & Design to create Wind Spirits on view at the 42nd Street–Bryant Park/Fifth Avenue subway station, and Diversidad in the Dekalb Market Hall, City Point, Brooklyn, curated by BRIC Arts Media. Arocha lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.
Pictured above: Tatiana Arocha, Baile de Espeletias, 2016, digital paintings and collages UV-printed on archival cotton canvas hand-painted with gold acrylic, 48 x 38 inches. Courtesy of the artist.
Pictured above: Tatiana Arocha, Perpetual Flight, 2016 – ongoing, digital painting and collage printed on paper, wheat paste, acrylic paint on MDF, dimensions variable. Installation view at Wave Hill. Photo by Stefan Hagen.
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An exhibition catalogue published on the occasion of Avifauna: Birds + Habitat is available here.
Support for the Visual Arts Program is provided by Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc., Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, 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 Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, and by the Cathy and Stephen Weinroth Commissioning Fund for the Arts.