The exhibition Star Flowers showcases eight collaged works on paper and two large-scale paintings on canvas by Ana María Hernando. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Hernando has lived and worked in the United States for nearly 30 years and for most of that time has called Boulder home. A distinguishing characteristic of her powerful and poetic artistic practice is a strong connection built over decades to communities of women, including villagers in the mountains of Peru and cloistered nuns in Argentina. Her connection to the tasks that comprise much of the daily lives of women is subtly and poetically present in the works on view.
Jasmine Sea, a work on paper, contains many of the signature elements of Hernando’s artistic vocabulary. Translucent vellum petals glow as if lit by the sun shining through the back of a full blossom. The composition is grounded by a concentric circle that suggests a meditative mandala form. Moving from the intimacy of the tenderly collaged works on paper, we are invited to view and be immersed in the experience of the mural-scale paintings Fire on Water (Fuego en el agua) and The Night (La noche).
Hernando made the collaged paper works at a time of personal challenge about which she shared, “I was in need of quietness…The white on white, the softness of the papers, finding patterns through repetition was very healing and a place of safety.” Creating this place of safety was her goal in sharing these works with the residents of Frasier Meadows.
— Excerpt from the essay “Gleanings: The Art of Ana Maria Hernando” by Barbara O’Brien
About Ana María Hernando
Ana María Hernando, an Argentinian based in Colorado, is a multidisciplinary artist interested in making the invisible visible. She has a BFA from CCA in Oakland, CA, and studied at the Museum School in Boston, MA, Escuela Nacional de Bellas Artes P. Pueyrredón, and has a BA from the Profesorado Eccleston in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Solo shows include MCA Denver, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, BMoCA, International Center of Bethlehem, Oklahoma and Marfa Contemporary, and CU Art Museum. She has done temporary public art for the City of Boulder, Downtown Denver, and ReCall for Redline. Hernando has made several prints with master printmaker Bud Shark of Shark’s Ink. Her work has been included in several publications. She is the recipient of the Prix Henry Clews 2020 from La Napoule Art Foundation, and will spend 2020 working on a major solo show at their Chateau in France. Undomesticated, a documentary about her work premiered in May of 2018.
About BMoCA at Frasier
BMoCA at Frasier is a new collaboration between Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art and Frasier Retirement Community. Curated by BMoCA, this series of exhibitions in The Canyons Gallery is an extension of the museum’s exhibition schedule. Each exhibition is complemented by a series of education programs.