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Vanessa Viruet

MFA 2018

Edges/Black Line Study

Vinyl, fabric, thread, 2016, 80"w x 72"h x 8"d

It is almost impossible to tell what is native and what has come ashore. After the arrival of the Spanish, fashion trends traveled to the island of Puerto Rico from Europe. The blending of both cultures remains evident and has contributed to the adoption of the ruffle found in the country’s folkloric costume. The ruffle floats between many cultures, just as my work lingers between painting, textile and garment. By using transparent fabric, the work suggests a gradual loss of self and the simultaneous desire for definition. The value of art rests in its ability to communicate across barriers.

Vanessa Viruet - Edges/Black Line Study

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