Disnarda Pinilla opens an exhibition of new work at Reeves Contemporary with an artist’s reception on Thursday, June 12th from 6-8 p.m. The exhibitions run through July 25th.
Through the use of memory and personal experience, Disnarda Pinilla creates dramatic situations involving reality and imagination. From an adult’s viewpoint, she reveals specific moments that uncover how children in situations of distress would imagine and feel when confronted with emotions too complex for their years. One could almost storyboard each of Pinilla’s installations as they are told from a narrative’s perspective informed primarily from these real and imagined scenarios.
Altered objects such as furniture, clothing, accessories, and household items are Pinilla’s materials of choice and she utilizes her media to suggest the relationship between adult and childhood memories. Her works communicate the depth of emotional rift and the degree of conflict associated with specific moments in time.
Her use of plastic materials further underscores the distance between the actual and the remembered. The cold, resistant plastic, devoid of impression or any mark or personal history, is a chilling medium for the sculptures. It works to advantage in During The Day, a table installation, with a tumbling chain of bent knives and forks that tell of a violent outburst kept clinically distant in its sanitized, white incarnation. The tablecloth itself, while seemingly a soft fall of fabric, is actually a stiff, resistant, slick white plastic –it is under this unforgiving canopy that the child would hide. The material works equally well in During The Night, a bed installation, where a soft falling stream of feathers, like angel wings, almost covers the bed. The white, glossy surfaces of the feathers again create the luster of an unattainable tableau, underscoring how distant and fugitive memory – both harsh and longed-for – can be. In June 1998, Disnarda Pinilla moved to the United States after she graduated from a BFA Painting program in Chile. In 2001, after being accepted at School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston in a Post-Baccalaureate certificate program, she found her true voice in the visual arts and applied to the MFA Sculpture program at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. During her last year at that program, Pinilla’s faculty awarded her the 2006 International Sculpture Center’s Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture. She received the award and was part of an exhibition at the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey from October 2006 until April 2007. Her work was also featured in the October 2006 issue of the prestigious International Sculpture Center’s publication, Sculpture magazine.