The artist Patricia Astorga tells us a little about how her work has been influenced by Violeta Parra and the nature of the Chilean countryside:
“I would like to explain a little, although I’m not very good for words, the work I present”
– My work is made in oil on canvas and mixed techniques
After listening to Violeta a lot and seeing his work, documentaries of his life among others, I did not want to use his same materials as the embroidery, for example: (I have works in which I sewed with pita pieces of cloth and oil), where I wanted to rescue her spirit, on the one hand free and for another transgressor, however, a transgression with force but with respect. At some point in her life, Violeta go into the fields of Chile seeking the primitive music of our fields and then she transcribed them and rescued them!
My work, with a bit of irony rescues that field, but not to transcribe it if not as a call of attention, that sometimes, just as Violeta wants to rebel a little, but in my way, and in particular the institutions they have to do with the art world in Chile. That is why a “Rugendas” appears, an image of the newspaper that appears in our news because it was sold abroad for large amounts of Dollars … and here in Chile … Silence, nobody here wished for it and it seems that Museo Nacional de las Bellas Artes (MNBA) was not interested in rescuing him. I wanted to rescue him, because his painting is part of our Chilean fields, our history, and for all the problems that lie behind, valuing ours (which sometimes costs us so much).
On the other hand, it appears in transfer news of the GAM where the young people meet daily to dance, to rehearse, among others. But when asked if they visited the GAM inside did not do it because they found it “boring” or were not aware of what was happening inside, there our national symbol.
So, I wonder, is art all for or is it for elite? In Chile, do we feel Chilean? Does love us in our homeland? It seems that only when we play the ball we are Chileans, what joins us? Are the people in Santiago interested in what happens in our fields? Are the culture elite interested? Do we have a “Chilean” art?