Marina Núñez, Palencia, 1966
Marina Núñez is a multidisciplinary artist who works with different formats, including painting, video and new technologies, she holds a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Fine Arts from the University of Castilla-La Mancha. She currently combines her artistic career with teaching at the University of Vigo.
With her recent works, Marina Núñez invites us to reflect on how our subjectivity and our lives are affected by the interferences between the human and the technological that are produced more frequently each time. Because of this sense of anticipation to many of today's most important philosophical reflections, her work has had a great influence on contemporary debates.
A constant in her work is the representation of aberrant, different beings, those that exist on the fringes of the canon. The anomalous bodies that populate her paintings, computer graphics or videos speak to us about an identity that is metamorphic, hybrid and multiple.
She recreates an unstable and impure subjectivity so that otherness is not something alien, but that basically constitutes the human being. Thus, her hysteric women, medusas, mummies, monsters or cyborgs —though they belong to the territory of the outcasts— do not seem to be distant but can affect and identify with us. And her images are perceived as slightly deformed mirrors that suggest us that madness or monstrosity are simply a question of degree.
Her work is included in the collections of Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, Artium in Vitoria, MUSAC in Leon, Patio Herreriano in Valladolid, TEA in Tenerife, Fundación La Caixa, Fundación Botín, Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington DC, National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington DC, Mint Museum of Art in Charlotte, North Carolina, Katzen Arts Center, American University Museum, in Washington DC, Fonds régional d'art contemporain in Corsica.
Her works “Still Life Swell” and “Still Life Tornadoes” won the 16th edition of the ARCO-BEEP Electronic Art Award.
Works at the collection: Still Life Swell
Still Life Tornadoes
Still Life Tornadoes & Still Life Swell, 2021.
The works “Still Life Tornadoes”, “Still Life Swell”, are a reformulation of the Neo-Barroc Still Life genre in several videos, allegorizing both the questions related to human existence and its relationship with Nature. Their pictorial tonality is very sophisticated, offering a fascinating hyper-reality approach that presents the viewer with specific details such as the movement of a piece of cloth or the spilling of liquid from a glass due to an inexplicable turbulence. Drama and beauty are intertwined in these works that explain this artist’s maturity.