Visiting Artist: Mandy Cano Villablobos

Hello everyone, I would like to talk about a great event coming to Marywood University on October 2nd at 3pm.The event will be held in room ISAC 106. The lecture will be at 3 pm and there will be a reception held in the Kresge Gallery. Both of these events are free and open to the public.

Sisyphus in White I, 2017
Gouache on Tea-stained Paper, 18×24 inches

Mandy Cano Villalobos is an interdisciplinary artist, get work focuses on history, the passage of time, and the nature of memories. For Cano Villalobos, materials are inseparable from the art itself. She likes to use some unusual materials when creating art, like tea bags, hair, ashes, and fabric. By using unconventional means to create her work, she can show their ordinariness and fragility. The symbolic nature of the materials Cano Villalobos uses allows her to weave forgotten narratives into the patterns she creates, addressing concepts like private ritual and cultural history through meditative repetition of physical labor.

Teabag Quilts, 2006
Teabags, tea leaves, thread 96(h)x47(w) in.

You can see more of her work at her website A quote from her website is “living is grazing, memory is chewing cud” – Agnes Martin, The Untroubled Mind. Her artist statement states “A fragile sense of time and place marks our age. Life’s busyness rarely affords us the occasion to process our shifting traditions and fluctuating identities. Having grown up in a migrant family, my life is a vague accumulation of disparate locations and second-hand familial narratives. This fractured sense of memory informs my work” – Through storytelling and through ritual, she seeks a reference point beyond herself.

Mandy Cano Villalobos earned her BA from Asbury University in Wilmore, KY and her MFA from The George Washington University in Washington DC. Her work has been featured in many art ventures including the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum in Clinton NY , The Museum of New Art in Detroit, Mi, and the Hillyer Art Space in Washington DC.

All images are from Mandy Cano Villalobos’s website.

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