B i o 

Ximena Medina Sancho

 

Santiago, Chile

 

Visual artist. BA in Fine Arts degree with a major in painting, Fine Arts School, Universidad de Chile (1991) and Teacher and BA in Education of Fine Arts, Universidad de Santiago de Chile (1985). Later in 1998 she enters Taller 99 in Santiago where she learns the different traditional techniques of engraving and printing. In this space she trains as a printmaker and develops a large part of her graphic work uninterruptedly until 2018.

 

She has complemented her artistic training by participating in various printmaking courses and workshops in Chile as well as in Spain.

Her graphic work has focused mainly on woodcut and gravure.

She has participated in numerous exhibitions, biennials and international printmaking contests. Standing out lately in the 11th Hida Takayama International Contemporary Woodblock-prints Triennale of Japan (2020), where she get an encouragement award. In 2019 she receives agrant from the Centro Internacional de la Estampa Contemporánea (CIEC Foundation), Spain. In the 2017 she was awarded the Honorable Mentionat the XIV Bienal Internacional de grabado José de Ribera, in Xàtiva, Spain.

The artist has also been selected in Residences to develop her graphic work, such as the one carried out in 2019 at the Alfara Studio Art Center, in Salamanca, Spain. In the residence she works part of her project on the Andes Mountains. In 2014 she held a Residency at the Museo de Arte Moderno de Chiloé in southern Chile, which addresses the landscape and singular geography of the Chiloé Archipelago.

Parallel to her artistic production, between 1997 and 2018 she has carried out extensive work as a conservator and restorer in the field of conservation of photographic heritage in national public and private institutions. She has been awarded a scholarship in 2008 and 2011 by Fondart to carry out specialization stays in conservation and restoration.

Currently lives and works between Madrid and Santiago de Chile.

A r t i s t   S t a t e m e n t

My work focuses on the power of nature, its forces in constant motion and transformation, and its permanent relationship with the territory, establishing correspondences between the landscape and cultural identity. I am interested in representing the monumentality of natural environments, and at the same time revealing their own fragility in time, in the face of the permanent threat of human intervention.

 

I work with engraving, mainly woodcut. In the last period, through the artist's book and experimentation with collages and foldable print cut-outs, I have built small in-dependent volumetric pieces which compose three-dimensional natural scenes.

 

In my travels to diverse natural areas, and through different routes, I have been able to ex-plore at first hand mountain ranges, volcanoes, seas or forests. I use my own photographic records as a starting point for the articulation and selection of images. I select the sites of my interest based on the contrasts, textures and incidences of light that these spaces sug-gest to me.

 

Emphasizing nature at the point where matter and energy merge in its different processes, is a constant in my work—an approach that highlights our common origin in nature.