Marianela de la Hoz: Speculum-Speculari at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum

An exhibition of paintings by Marianela de la Hoz will be presented in Spanish and English May 16 – August 2.

Marianela de la Hoz (Mexican, b. 1956)
La Muñeca en el Espejo (The Doll in the Mirror), 2006
Egg tempera and gold leaf on board
4 1/5 x 3 4/5 in.
Courtesy of the artist
Marianela de la Hoz (Mexican, b. 1956) La Muñeca en el Espejo (The Doll in the Mirror), 2006 Egg tempera and gold leaf on board 4 1/5 x 3 4/5 in. Courtesy of the artist

Utilizing egg tempera, a medium associated with  Medieval and early Renaissance paintings, painter Marianela de la Hoz (b. 1956 in Mexico, active in the United States) recalls notions of self-analysis as expressed throughout art history and transforms these concepts into the contemporary age. One of the Cornell Fine Arts Museum’s (CFAM) paintings Dweller on the Threshold (1915) by Arthur Bowen Davies inspired Speculum- Speculari, and also serves as reference point for the manner in which de la Hoz’s work encourages the viewer to engage with the profound symbolism of mirrors and their function as a catalyst for shared human intellectual and emotional experiences.

The vibrant colors and high level of naturalistic detail employed in the paintings featured in this exhibition enhance the influence of surrealism in the artist’s oeuvre. Through the presentation of these images which display instances of everyday reality shaped by the artist’s own imagination, these paintings generate a dialogue between the audience and the five mirrors altered by the artist that are also included in the exhibition. Furthermore, the texts written on these mirrors and the fantastical titles of the paintings reflect the artist’s fascination with the power of the written word to alter our perceptions.

Marianela de la Hoz has exhibited her work in Mexico and in the United States. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Latin American Art, Long Beach, California, the San Diego Museum of Art, and Fundación Cultural Bancomer, México. Previous solo exhibitions were held at the San Diego Museum of Art, the Oceanside Museum of Art, and Athenaeum Music & Arts Library. She is a recent recipient of the San Diego Art Prize.

Speculum-Speculari marks the first time CFAM will present an exhibition in Spanish and English. A special feature of the exhibition is a bilingual audio guide narrated by the artist. De la hoz will give a lecture at CFAM on June 4 at 6:30 p.m.

The Cornell Fine Arts Museum at Rollins College is the only teaching museum in the greater Orlando area. The Museum's encyclopedic collection, recognized as one of the largest and most distinguished collections in Florida, includes more than 5,000 objects ranging from antiquity through contemporary eras.

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