de la Cruzs paintings are the victims of everyday life, conveying
human experiences with tongue in cheek, black humour. Most are psychologically
and physically damaged. They have accidents, bully each other, fall
on their butts, wear the wrong size canvas, get stuck in doorways,
vomit in public, expose their wounds and have parasites and limps.
Referencing la picaresca from Spanish literature, Angelas
paintings likewise depict desperate lives of mishaps and misadventure.
In this exhibition an oversize painting, titled Stuck, struggles
to free itself from a stairway and in Crash two paintings have collided
and their conjunction is smeared with dark paint as though bleeding.
A broken painting sits in a chair, despondently facing a pristine
copy of itself on the wall in Self, and a small Nothing cowers nearby
beneath a chair. All are emotionally charged and ill at ease with
their surroundings and each other.
pleasure, the visceral, the body,
eroticism, these are important ideas in my work. Things sagging,
dripping. They are all about pushing, pulling, putting in and out,
opening the body
paintings are figurative objects, but not paintings of a figure,
and they summon a gamut of human emotions.
draws upon her background in philosophy and a tradition of violence
in painting, both in imagery and technique, to inform much of her
In this way her paintings and her systematic conceptual approach
continue a conventional journey through art history. Yet her explorations
have taken her beyond the normal parameters of painting into an
arena in which the artwork personifies the emotion. The viewer is
a voyeur stumbling across a violent crime scene, yet there is no
associated guilt, as these are merely paintings after all
This exhibition features new artworks made in Perth during Angelas
residency at The Church Gallery, along with work created over the
past five years. The highlight of the exhibition will be a new version
Angela de la Cruz was born in 1965 in Spain, where she studied a
BA in Philosophy at the Santiago de Compostela. She moved to London
in 1989 and studied at the Chelsea College of Art and followed this
with a BA Honours in Fine Art at Goldsmiths College and a
Master of Arts in Sculpture and Critical Theory from the Slade School
of Art. Angela currently lives and works in London where she is
represented by Anthony Wilkinson Gallery. She has exhibited extensively
in London, and has had solo exhibitions in New York, Vienna, and
Church Gallery Art Angels Inc.
Perth International Arts Festival