Without a Trace
Are artists statements essential for art? Is it better to know what was on the artists mind, or to dream up your own contexts for a works sensual details? Eduardo Terranovas multimedia and collage-based paintings raise this question; the Colombian-born artist sees his work as memorializing and honoring the disappeared, not only those of
Colombia, where tens of thousands of people have been kidnapped, tortured, killed or simply vanished, but also those of other world communities, forming a collective memory. The viewer could be forgiven for not picking this up on first viewing; the works, in muted shades of taupe (Terranova makes washes from coffee and wine) are beautifully composed abstracts with hints of representation Tracings looks like a schematic map, or farmland viewed from above. But even if you miss the extra layer of political significance, these works are powerful and evocative.