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Alejandra Villasmil - Mini Interview

Written by Trippe   
Tuesday, 30 November 2010 10:15

Location? Age? Education? Website?

Santiago, Chile. 38. Self-taught with some art studies and a journalist degree. www.alejandravillasmil.com

How would you describe your work to someone?

I like procedures that subtly question the notions of desire, beauty, and sexuality. One constant in my work is to explore female representation, gender archetypes, glamour, artifice and physical transfiguration by using the same printed sources that sell these ideas. In a series of works, titled “Extreme Makeover”, I subvert and vandalize found images of women by means of fragmentation, layering, dissection, exacerbation and obliteration.


Mysterious and elusive images. Flickr contacts. Women artists such as Ellen Gallagher, Wangechi Mutu, Josephine Meckseper, Mika Tajima, Marylin Minter, Sylvie Fleury and Meredyth Sparks. They all make sexy, elegant works that present social and political themes in unexpected ways.

Cheese burgers or tofu burgers?

Tofu burger is like an oxymoron. A burger is a burger is a burger

Working routine? Music? Time of day?

I prefer not to have a routine. One day I write on art, the next day I make art... or I do nothing for a few days. Because I’m not a hot artist and have no market, I have the freedom of being lazy and stuck. I think cool ideas can come out of idle moments. So I observe, meditate and practice -with consistency. As for music, my iPod is loaded mostly with electronica.

How do you pay the bills?

For many years, I wrote on art for several publications. Now I’m about to launch my own editorial project, artishock.cl, which -I hope- will help to pay the bills (or at least my baby diapers!)

Describe your process for creating new work.

It grows naturally just by playing with what’s on my desk. That’s the unconscious part of the process. The conscious part comes when I start taking some formal and conceptual decisions that are necessary for “something to happen”. This takes time. Most of the time I’m in experimental mode. I let myself go with the flow instead of forcing myself to be my own dictator.

Tools of the trade?

Magazines, old and new; paper, glue, scissors and all kinds of paint tools. I’m also fond of my analog and digital image libraries.

What are you really excited about right now?

My web site project! That is giving me a lot of pleasure and the opportunity to meet and write about wonderful artists. On a personal level, my little daughter is breaking my excitement meter.

I just gave you $1,000,000. Quick, what do you do with it!


Best way to spend a day off?

Staying at home with my husband and daughter, cooking, drinking some wine, or watching a movie or a banal TV program.

What do you love most about where you live?

There is still plenty of room to do new things, at all levels.

Ok, your chance to rant and rave about something* Talk shit.

I cannot tolerate someone who practices arrogance and tries to put you down. There are a lot of people out there who needs a lesson on humility.

Upcoming shows/ projects?

I’m in two upcoming group shows: Anonymous, curated by D. Dominick Lombardi, at Kim Foster Gallery (New York), and Cryptozoology, curated by Seth Goodwin, at Index Art Center (Newark, New Jersey). There are also two publications by Gestalten with my work on it, both due in Spring 2011.


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