ana maria hernando
As a multidisciplinary artist my work focuses on using empathy as a way of making the invisible visible, as well as questioning our preconceptions of the other, their worth, and their value.
During my childhood in Buenos Aires I watched the Spanish women of my family come together to sew, crochet, and embroider, sharing the everyday with one another. The things they made from fabric and thread were expressions of their spirit. All the beauty – the hours of work, the washing and ironing – was made invisible once the table was laid and stained with food. I explore the unacknowledged feminine force of work as a prayer that I have known my whole life.
For so many centuries women and the feminine have been uncomfortable for society to deal with. In my installations, I include the handwork of other women to bring light to these almost invisible acts: embroidered petals made by cloistered Carmelite nuns, clouds of tulle made in three days of a sewing frenzy by volunteers at my studio, starched Peruvian petticoats, and other artifacts of toil and creation. Using these seemingly soft daily materials, I want to reclaim the idea of what power looks like; to show that it is present in the explosion of the feminine, unstoppable, unconstrained, unapologetic.
It is my deeply felt intention to illuminate the thirst of the heart, and what occurs behind the veil, the pattern, or the labor.
Ana María Hernando