I Drifted Through on Tangles Lines steel by-product and hand-twisted wire 113"x27"x8"
Tethered Individually welded lock washers and hand-twisted wire 15"x18"x11"
OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS
1250 New York Ave NW Washington, D.C. 20005 202-783-5000
NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WOMEN IN THE ARTS WASHINGTON, DC
HEAVY METAL - WOMEN TO WATCH 2018 JUNE 28 – SEPTEMBER 16, 2018
Paula Castillo has been selected as the sole-representative of New Mexico in Heavy Metal, the fifth installment in NMWA’s Women to Watch exhibition series, showcasing contemporary artists working in metal. The exhibition series is presented every two to three years and is a dynamic collaboration between the museum and participating outreach committees. The 20 committees participating in Women to Watch 2018 worked with curators in their respective regions to create shortlists of artists working with metal. From this list, NMWA curators selected the artists whose work is on view in Heavy Metal.
Featured artists in Heavy Metal investigate the physical properties and expressive possibilities of metalwork through a wide variety of objects. Works in the exhibition range from large-scale installations to small objects intended for personal adornment; these disparate works are fashioned out of iron, steel, bronze, silver, gold, brass, tin, aluminum, copper, and pewter. This exhibition seeks to disrupt the predominantly masculine narrative that surrounds metalworking and demonstrate that contemporary women artists carry on a vibrant legacy in the field.
The exhibition features works by Cheryl Eve Acosta (Greater Kansas City Area), Rana Begum (United Kingdom), Carolina Rieckhof Brommer (Peru), Lola Brooks (Georgia), Paula Castillo (New Mexico), Charlotte Charbonnel (France), Venetia Dale (Massachusetts), Petronella Eriksson (Sweden), Susie Ganch (Mid-Atlantic Region), Alice Hope (Greater New York Region), Leila Khoury (Ohio), Holly Laws (Arkansas), Blanca Muñoz (Spain), Beverly Penn (Texas), Serena Porrati (Italy), Alejandra Prieto (Chile), Kerianne Quick (Southern California), Carolina Sardi (Florida), Katherine Vetne (Northern California), and Kelsey Wishik (Mississippi).
Ladders: dos arboles, dos hermanas individually welded
steel byproduct 37' x 7' x 7'
Rio Grande Colcha fabricated steel35' x 15' x 5"
The Billows (The Forest) individually welded mild
steel by-product, auto body finish with gilder’s paste dimensions variable
Fallen Petals Corten steel pipe 22'x4'x4'
A DYNAMIC NEW CONTEMPORARY ART SPACE OPENS IN SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
FEATURING CURRENT WORK BY PAULA CASTILLO
JOIN US FOR THE GRAND OPENING! JUNE 8, 2018 5-7PM
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540 S GUADALUPE STREET - SANTA FE, NEW MEXICO
immeidately photographs & collage by Matthew Chase Daniel
Born in 1961 in a
small town along the Río Grande in New Mexico, Paula Castillo’s work recombines
personal and familiar elements in unusual ways. The man-made microcosms
combined with the expansive natural environment are the catalyst for her
critical exploration of the systems and spaces we inhabit; places our own lives
A Native New Mexican, Castillo attended Yale University for two years after
high school and then dropped out to work in an electronics factory where she
began to forge her early career in contemporary sculpture. She holds a BS from
UNM, an MAE with Distinction Honors for her focus on working with diverse
populations from the College of Santa Fe and an MFA in 3D studio and
Contemporary Theory from the University of New Mexico.
Her art follows the examples of other contemporary artists in undermining the
concept of the artist’s obligation to maintain a single cohesive style.
Castillo is an acclaimed contemporary artist who has produced a range of work
from avant garde anonymous interventions to large scale public work. She has
exhibited her work nationally and internationally and has been awarded numerous
significant public art commissions including the metal artwork for the New
Mexico History Museum in downtown Santa Fe and a large scale public sculpture
in Korea for UNESCO. She and her husband live in the small village of Córdova.
I am a contemporary sculptor known for creating form by hand-welding thousands of tiny pieces of metal bi-product together. My preference is for industrial materials scavenged from regional fabricators and scrap yards to simultaneously ‘show and tell’ a piece of the suffocating dislocation of matter. The work annexes minimalist forms and re-inscribes them with a quietly schizophrenic division between the organized desire to dissolve into the world (using permeable webs capable of catching detritus and treasures alike) and the need to buttress margins (using antagonistic and unfriendly obstacles and traps). Ultimately the final goal for all of my artwork really is to expose our real, dense and buried attachments to the ‘other’. -- Paula Castillo