Knowing the collections: Mónica Ferreras

The Dominican artist living in Switzerland talked about her works in the Eduardo León Jimenes Collection of Visual Arts and her career.

In the continuation of the cycle Knowing the collections, the León Center held a discussion with the artist Mónica Ferreras, about her works in the Eduardo León Jimenes Visual Arts Collection and of his career.

The meeting, held last Thursday, June 4, had the participation of Sara Hermann, curator and consultant in Visual Arts of the León Center, and Orlando Isaac, independent curator.

The artist reported that in 1995 she assumed her career with conscience and professional judgment. She mentioned artists from that time that marked its beginnings, such as Belkis Ramírez, Tony Capellán, Jorge Pineda and Pascal Meccariello, among others, who were already leading the Dominican art scene.

The media have to serve me. One of the main challenges at the beginning of my career was that the medium did not dominate me. The media should serve to express to the best of my ability the idea that I want to convey through the work, "explained Ferreras when answering Hermann's question about his transition from one artistic medium to another.

Regarding Isaac's questioning, about his creative process without sketches, Mónica Ferreras established that as she discovered the potential of the unconscious, she felt more confident in her work methodology.

He also commented on the creative process of the works Looking at you I wait for you to take me I y Looking at you I wait for you to take me II, which arose as a result of the denial of a visa for an artistic residence abroad. Both pieces are part of the Eduardo León Jimenes Visual Arts Collection; the second was awarded in the XXIII Eduardo León Jimenes Art Contest, in 2010 and is exposed in Genesis and trajectory, the permanent exhibition of visual arts in the León Center.

Other topics discussed during the conversation were the autobiographical question in his body of work, the evolutionary incorporation of symbols, surrealism, the presence of the color blue and the sea.

Mónica Ferreras (Santo Domingo, 1965). She completed a master's degree in Environmental Design at the Royal Dutch Academy of Fine Arts, The Hague, Netherlands, and graduated in Fine Art and Illustration at the Altos de Chavón School of Design, La Romana, Dominican Republic. She currently resides in Basel, Switzerland.

This cycle is part of the program León Home Center, which proposes virtual activities available on the Centro León YouTube channel. To find out more information about the upcoming talks, you can find us on social networks like @centroleonrd.