Cecilia Vicuña (Paperback)

About to Happen

By Cecilia Vicuna (Artist), Andrea Andersson (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Julia Bryan-Wilson (Text by (Art/Photo Books))

Siglio Press, 9781938221156, 148pp.

Publication Date: April 25, 2017

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Vicu a makes art of gathered materials from the ocean, the river and the street
Beginning and ending at the edge of the ocean, Chilean-born artist and poet Cecilia Vicu a's (born 1948) artist's book serves as both a lament and love letter to the sea. Vicu a collects the detritus that washes up on shore and assembles out of the refuse tiny precarios and basuritas--little sculptures held together with nothing more than string and wire.
About to Happen, which accompanies an exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans, traces a decades-long practice that has refused categorical distinctions and thrived within the confluences of conceptual art, land art, feminist art, performance and poetry. In an era of increasing climate change and economic disparity, Vicu a's nuanced visual poetics--operating fluidly between concept and craft, text and textile--transforms the discarded into the elemental, paying acute attention to the displaced, the marginalized and the forgotten.