Sunday, September 15, 2019

Olga Manosalvas

 The Museum of Art and History in the Custom House has put on one hell of a show!  Apparently this prolific yet private artist has a second show underway on Stock Island's Front Street at Key West Gallery. 
She has reportedly studied art in Spain and whatever it was they taught her she doesn't hold back. This was quite the juxtaposition to the genteel water colors showing down the hall.
 From the museum's literature:
Olga Manosalvas is a polyglot, of sorts.
Take a trip through her work and you’ll see that she speaks multiple languages through well-defined explorations, artistic styles and mediums.
Her obra de mano, or handmade work, reveals her divergent paths, observations and tics. Olga’s work is a garrison of grotesques, saints, sinners and bawling babies. No one is left untouched — characters pulled from the commedia dell’arte, zaftig cubanas and brasileiras, indigenous madres latinas.
Olga resurrects images seared into her primordial (and to family members, frighteningly accurate) memory. She harnesses found objects and bends them to her creative will. She breathes life into a menagerie of fantastic creatures created from insanely detailed, embroidered fabrics, dressed over crimped wire.
Art is not just a vocation or calling. For Olga it’s her diet, her nutrition. As with her artwork, a simple meal prepared by Olga turns into an exploration of alchemical herbs and ingredients, resulting in something you may have dreamed of, but never before tasted. A stroll to the market becomes a moving meditation, a pilgrimage. She logs a million artistic Fitbit miles in everything she does, transforming quotidian chores into exquisite and finely attuned daily rituals.