CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: cuerpo exquisito
13 September – 22 November 2019
“Amidst our daily distractions, we all vibrate with the constant hum of the corporeal, with the unheard dialogue of the body with this world. “El Cuerpo,” the body, holds the biological resonance of our history while emitting that intangible summation that shapes everything around us. It is matter and myth, serving both as repository and beacon. Throughout this exhibition, the figure, in its different iterations, serves as witness to the constant unfolding of that phenomenal interplay between humanity and the complex systems it inhabits.” – Cristina Córdova
Hodges Taylor is pleased to present CRISTINA CÓRDOVA: cuerpo exquisito, a solo exhibition featuring new large-scale installations and figural sculptures by the Puerto Rican ceramic artist living and working in Penland, North Carolina. The opening reception with the artist will be held on Friday, September 13 from 6 to 8pm. This is Córdova’s third solo exhibition with Hodges Taylor.
Córdova studied engineering before quickly shifting her focus to clay – a medium that allowed her to display her technical skill coupled with an impulse to create. Trained as a dancer and raised in the Catholic Church, her staging of the body is referential of both classical gestures of ballet and the theatrics of reverence. Córdova’s work is intimate, both through portraiture of her daughters, and the conveyance of her Puerto Rican culture through object and aesthetic. The sculptures in cuerpo exquisito approach the artist’s recurring subject matter of the body as layered and reactionary – to environment, heritage, culture, and politics. In this exhibition, large-scale ceramic and collaged photographic installations create two distinct dialogues through diorama, anchored by her daughter’s body as both model and memento. The artist’s new wall-based sculptures navigate what she calls “that little line between what I need to say for myself and how to communicate with the community-at-large experiencing my work.” Through meticulously hand-built clay, Córdova gestures us to reconsider the preconscious power of the body as truly exquisite.
ABOUT CRISTINA CÓRDOVA
Cristina Córdova received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez and continued to earn a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. In 2002, she entered a three-year artists residency program at Penland School of Crafts where she later served in the board of trustees from 2006 to 2010 and now resides. She has received a North Carolina Arts Council fellowship, a Virginia A. Groot Foundation grant, and the prestigious United States Artists fellowship. Cristina taught at Penland School of Crafts (NC), Haystack Mountain School (ME), Santa Fe Clay (NM), Mudfire (GA), Odyssey Center for Ceramics (NC) and Anderson Ranch (CO), among others. Her work is part of the permanent collections of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (Washington, D.C.), the Fuller Craft Museum, (MA), the Mint Museum of Craft and Design (NC), the Museum of Contemporary Art of Puerto Rico (PR), the Museum of Art of Puerto Rico (PR), and the Joseph-Schein Museum (NY).
Photographs by Lydia Bitter-Baird.