Marta Simeón is a Spanish artist who, through her constant travels and stays in artistic residenceies or workshops in Europe and Africa, has achieved a strong formation in engraving, painting, illustration and artistic reflection.
During her time at ´ace, she researched on a technical level by learning a new technique for her as silk-aquatint and on a theoretical level on the idea of ”monster” or “monstrous”, being the visual and literary arts of our country a great inspiration for her work.
I am interested in the figuration that is presented directly and hidden, surpassed by the division and articulation of pictorial spaces, like the sequence of a dream. The images appear as inventories of an idea of nature and the very nature of the mind, while it stores images, recreates them and transforms them. The clashes between the autonomy of painting / drawing and my own experience, between the images in which I identify myself, the images of the unconscious and the new images for my brain. I recreate successively in the same subjects in a symbolic way, because for me the subjects change as my memory adds images and serve as a testimony to this process. That is why my themes encompass a basic imaginary: people, animals, trees, houses and what I call “being” (being indefinable / animism). They are usually intertwined, creating different readings, sometimes invisible but profound… as my concept of habitat /house/nature/tree… Or references to mythologies and ancestral cultures in the mixture of animals: centaurs, sirens, winged dogs, etc. The theme is a way of maintaining a point of attention for the emergence of the new. The same issues dealt with in my Mediterranean environment differ in Valencian in form, color and techniques in relation to those made in my last place of residency, Morocco, although you can see a continuity / essence in the treatment, graphic search and style.
1982 | Spain
Lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2005 | Degree in Fine Arts from the Universidad Politécnica de Valencia
Biennial of Marrakech
Extramuros, Art gallery Rosa Santos. Spain
Marché du livre de Mariemont, Royal Museum of Mariemont. Belgium
Salon du livre petite édition. Grand Lyon, France
Urbino- Miasto Grafiki. Lodz, Poland
8 Triennale de Chamelieres Mondial de l’Estampe et de la gravure originale. Chamalieres, France
1st Biennial of Casablanca. Morocco
Faces and Houses, Galerie Empreinte. Morocco
AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES
Ideas in Process, Galeria 9 and Real Atarazanas of Valencia, Spain
Residence Studio AlFaRa gràfica, Salamanca, Spain
Residence in Casa del Arte, Casablanca, Morocco
International Art Residence Ifitry, Morocco