Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons (American, born in Cuba in 1959)
4 photographs, overall 83.8 x 254.0 cm (33 x 100 in.)
Medium or Technique
Photograph, Polariods prints, (dye-diffusion)
Not On View
Born in Cuba of Nigerian descent and living in Boston since 1991, Campos-Pons uses her work to reflect on the complicated meaning of home. The artist’s process-oriented work makes use of Polaroid film to create unique pieces that combine performance with photography and painting. Often taking the form of a series of photographs, as in this work, it is divided into four visually similar but distinct images that relate to one another but avoid a predictable narrative. The audience is left to construct their own story out of the disparate clues in the pictures, taking into account the artist’s expression and the composition of the panels in order to interpret a meaning. Both revealing and mysterious, this work suggests longing, perhaps for a past home, through the artist’s closed eyes.
Campos-Pons’ works in a variety of media. In addition to photographs, she also creates sculpture, drawings, video, textiles, sound and installations. This mixture of media is similar to the mixture of different cultural influences and symbolic references in the artist’s work. Campos-Pons is interested in the idea of “transculturation”, or the process by which cultures become mixed hybrids of different influences, just as the artist herself is a product of her Cuban upbringing and her time in the United States.
The artist; with Howard Yezerski Gallery, Boston; purchased by MFA, Boston, June 27, 2001
The Living New England Artist Purchase Fund, created by The Stephen and Sybil Stone Foundation
Reproduced with permission.