This contemporary painting by Cuban-American artist Tatiana Garmendia pays tribute to this early influence of technology on visual culture. Born into a family of doctors and currently living and working in Seattle, Washington, Garmendia was raised a devotee of Santeria--a mix of Yoruba mysticism and Spanish Catholicism. She describes growing up in a household where the human body, in various disguises of dejection and exaltation, was a primary theme in devotional and medical imagery. As an artist, her exploration of the human form is based on remembered experiences, juxtaposing scientific certainty against invisible realms, both mystical and physical. Figure 2055 conjures an X-ray-like image of the human skeleton. The familiar image of an X-ray is challenged, however, by bright color and a layer of gold leaf, allusions to the rituals and artifacts of her childhood religion.
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|Title Annotation:||ARCHIVES; a painting by Tatiana Garmendia|
|Publication:||Issues in Science and Technology|
|Article Type:||Brief article|
|Date:||Sep 22, 2007|
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