Welcome to my garden.
My garden is titled Naturaleza Muerta, and it consists of a series of sculptural collages that builds upon and abstracts the still-life genre, in which a fleeting moment of life is preserved and transformed. Nature has been digitized, broken down, cut up, and buried under many Photoshop layers. These fragments are like seeds, and something special happens when they sprout from my Epson printer. Vibrant and organically formed layers of photographs are meticulously cut, layered, and intertwined to create my own garden of death-defying still-life collages.
Each composition individually gathers memories of domesticated nature mixed with exotic biodiversity, exploring my blended culture as a Canadian and Colombian to preserve imaginative reflections of synergy in my experiences. The longevity of a memory is encased in photographs, and through my collage process these memories emerge as preserved bouquets. These bouquets materialize digital images into tangible forms; combining fragments of plants that would not naturally co-exist in the wild to curate arrangements that extend beyond time, climates, and borders.
The speed of capturing a digital photograph is contrasted by the handcrafted labor-intensive process of these three-dimensional collages. Moments of superimposed connections are created in intricate arrangements, configuration of layers, and decadent colors. I paint with photographs and sculpt with paper in a curious exploration into the fluidity of the perception of images.
Maria Munar is a Canadian/Colombian visual artist based out of Calgary, Alberta. She graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Arts with a major in Media Arts from the Alberta University of the Arts 2017. She has exhibited at Banff Center for Arts and Creativity, Gibson Fine Arts, Arts Commons, and Marion Nicoll Gallery in Alberta. She has been the recipient of a Visual Arts and New Media Individual Project grant from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, and has attended residencies Arts Commons and AU arts. She is currently working as a Senior Studio Artist at Critical Mass.