Buenos Aires: Marina Soria, 2022. A calligraphic work on paper. The text that inspired this piece was written by the famous Argentine historian, Ruth Corcuera, in her book, "Teleras, Memoria del monte Quichua." Ediciones Arte Etnico Argentino. Following is an English translation of the text that inspired this piece. Soria's calligraphy includes pieces of this text in the original Spanish:
“Thousands of years ago,
when only the voice recorded small and big events of everyday life,
women would cover their newborn child in a wrap.
In this we see a space created between the mother´s womb and the world outside.
We believe textiles were born from such gestures,
within the realm of feelings and from a women´s view:
to protect, to give warmth and to sustain life.
In time, textile art will be the means to tell us through colors and designs
that the world can be read through symbols, (signs)
as in a written text.
In the great American cultures these symbols were a kind of lingua franca
and textiles a major art with many roles,
among them to express that where words did not suffice.”
Gouache on purple colored handmade paper from Papeterie Saint-Armand. In 2022 this piece was featured in an exhibition at the Embassy of Argentina in DC and was sewn to a hanging textile, leaving several tiny and obscure needle holes to each corner of this piece. In fine condition. Size: 37.5 x 28.5 cm
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Marina Soria is a seasoned artist and educator with degrees in Fine Arts and Graphic Design. Not content to just immerse herself in learning calligraphy at international conferences, and through courses with renown calligraphers, she studied Eastern principles of Beauty in sumi-e (Japanese painting). She distilled and blended these principles with her rich experience and background in the fine arts, typography and graphic arts, employing unique approaches and techniques. She has also dabbled in the textile arts, creating a metaphor for weaving; letters as stitches and text as if it were a textile. Her works, vibrating with a love for nature and exploding with life and color, can be found in calligraphy collections in museums, universities, and libraries in the U.S., Europe, and South America. Marina has received numerous national and international awards, and has been featured widely in calligraphic arts publications. A prolific artist, experimental calligrapher, book artist, and educator, her goal is to mingle diverse disciplines to challenge the limits of conceptual art and technique. ARTISTSB/101422. Fine. More