Cristina Molina was born in Hollywood, Florida in 1985 and has spent most of her life living in Miami. She attended Florida International University where she received her BA in Psychology in 2008 and a BFA in Art in 2009. She currently attends the University of Florida’s School of Art Art History where she is an MFA candidate in the Art Technology program.
Molina’s work has been exhibited in local and international venues; some of which include the Frost Art Museum where her work received “Best in Show” curated by Fred Snitzer, The Urban Nomad Film Festival at SCOPE Miami 2007, ArteAmericas the Latin American Art Fair, The Gallery at the University of Genoa in Genoa (Italy), The Harn Museum of Art, and the North Miami MoCA Optic Nerve XI film festival where her videos were voted ‘Audience Favorite’.
16.05.2011 to 03.06.2011
Sabor-Saber-Sāvәr, was a project realized by Cristina Molina during the SUB30 residency that explored the artist’s intimate relationship with the city of Buenos Aires. Continuing Molina’s interest in the theme of the body and its function as a mediator between the external and the internal, this series investigated the possibility of getting to know a place through its taste. The name of the installation is a play on words in English and Spanish. It includes the phonetic English spelling Sāvәr (savor) one that assimilates “saber” and “sabor” the Spanish words for “knowing” and “taste” respectively. The title also directly alludes to the idea that one introduces things into the mouth as a child does, in order to come to a better understanding of the world, and as a way of “savoring” it.
During her stay in Buenos Aires the artist voyeuristically wandered through the city and chose twenty five emblematic locations. A customized scene complete with a table and food was designed for each specific location, an act that emulated one of romantic courtship. The process was documented photographically and eventually formed into stereoscopic* images to achieve a three dimensional effect. The photographs were mounted onto cards which were accompanied by romantic texts on the reverse side. These texts were in dedication to each location and were written in both English and Spanish. The dual texts produced a visual intermingling effect similar to the photographs. Finally, the images were exhibited at ‘ace’s Dialogue Space in the form of an installation, complete with an antique stereoscopic viewer that the artist found in an antique market before her trip. As the viewers engaged with the work, the text and images became one, surging a new language that was both visual and idiomatic. AC
*Stereoscopic photography is based on the way the eyes naturally function: our eyes are separated by approximately 65mm, and each eye sees one image at a time, although it may be the same image, is situated askew. The brain’s function is to merge the images together to create one plane. If we obtain two images with a slight alteration that mimics that of our vision, special visors can be used to aid the individual eye in achieving one image, and one that produces a three dimensional effect.