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Artist Mariana Monteagudo refers to her mixed-media figures as dolls (muñecas). Made with any material at hand – recycled objects, latex, plaster, ceramics, cloth, and wax, among others- they relate to a wide array of traditions and cultures, from pre-Columbian aesthetics to fashion, TV pop culture, Japanese manga and mass-produced toys.
Monteagudo’s work has been greatly exhibited internationally, including in Spain, Venezuela, Aruba, Brazil, and different cities of the US. She has received important recognitions throughout the last two decades and is represented in several contemporary art museums’ collections including those of MOLAA, California, and Everson Museum Syracuse, NY.
I go out on a scavenger hunt to find materials and inspiration; whether it is the hardware store, a thrift shop, or simply strolling around my neighborhood on trash day.
These dolls are the result of my life-long held belief that there is no ignoble material. Everything can be reused with love, perseverance, and creativity. There’s always a place for a second chance. – Mariana Monteagudo
With Uncanny: The Dolls of Mariana Monteagudo the Coral Gables Museum launches a new, monthly series of documentary films streaming: The Documentary Dock.
This project, offers our audience the unique opportunity to watch, from home, amazing movies that are currently not in the public domain, introduced by conversations between the directors/artists/producers and the curator of the series, the Museum’s Chief Curator Yuneikys Villalonga.