Alexandra Agudelo: Revisiting El Dorado
Publisher: Cristina Grajales Gallery
Publication Date: April, 2018
Cristina Grajales Gallery is pleased to present a solo exhibition of silver works by Alexandra Agudelo, opening on April 26th, 2018. This is the first solo gallery exhibition of works by Alexandra Agudelo in the United States.
Revisiting El Dorado will consist of 20 new works. Agudelo’s fascination with pre-Columbian culture is infused in each piece she creates. Ancient pottery shapes are reimagined as glowing, ethereal vessels; touches of gold pay tribute to the legend of El Dorado. Agudelo’s work also explores the dichotomy between the rigidity and malleability of the silver. Through stippling, engraving, gilding, and enameling, Agudelo’s handwork breathes life into the surface of the metal.
Based in Bogotá, Colombia, Agudelo studied dentistry at the Colegio Odontológico Colombiano. After practicing dentistry for several years, she began exploring work as a silversmith at Escuela de Artes y Oficios Santo Domingo. She devoted herself full time to her silver works in 2006, and eventually earned her degree in Plastic Arts from the Universidad de los Andes. Her work is part of several important private collections, and has been exhibited internationally, including solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in Medellín and the National Ornamental Metal Museum in Memphis.