24 Pages, 8.5" x 8.5", Self-published and self-authored with essay and interview by Curator Ken Bloom.
Floral imagery pervades the paintings, drawings, embroidered textiles and collages of Ana MarĂa Hernando. Her virtual gardens of roses, lilies, chocolate pods and tropical wonders flourish on paper, canvas, wood, antique book pages, even disposable baby diapers, as well as upon embroidered fabric shapes that the artist arranges on the wall as the main elements of installations. Hernando's horticulture grows, allowing for wide ranging interpretations, but also suggesting a code for a more directed narrative in which the life of women play the key role. Not only do the flowers represent history and culture, but they have life cycles of their own.
Because Hernando's recurrent message is the state of the body in culture, and how that imbues the life of a woman, delving into Hernando's vision we find ourselves transported into a changeable natural world that both nourishes and limits us. Hernando is tending a garden of feminine ecology that crosses from blood to redemption.