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a veil cast of the object of our gaze:: alejandra chaverri

Alejandra Chaverri's
Cuban Interludes, Entremés Cubano

Born in the mundane, my photographs are of this world, rather than inventions or visions of an ideal or dream, you might even say these images arise from the ground we walk on, the terra firma of daily life.

Images beget images: my work is mostly in series

What I feel is provoked by the images themselves, leading to different responses and treatments— hand deckling, tearing or sewing the print.

The most ritualistic and involving method, when an image feels like an occasion or ceremony, is encaustic—cooking a mix of bees wax and dammar resin and then heating, painting and fusing this layer onto the print, a veil cast over the object of our gaze.

--Alejandra Chaverri

alejandra chaverri

Cuban Interludes,
Entremés Cubano

March 6 to April 17, 2010
Artist's Reception
Saturday, March 6     6 to 8pm

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Born in Heredia, Costa Rica, she relocated to Palo Alto, California in 1990 where she studied Photography at Foothill College, Los Altos, California.

Beyond her own photographic work on social commentaries and creative process, Alejandra works on digitizing documents of historic interest and teaches photography to local community groups and privately.

Ms. Chaverri's main interests in photography are gender issues, social commentary and to create imagery that links history with current events.

She was the 2007 Invited Artist at the Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latinoamericana , MACLA San Jose, California and taught MACLA’S digital photography class for teenagers.

Besides her own photography series and assignments, she teaches photography privately and to community groups. She has been exhibiting in the Bay Area and beyond since 2002.

Photo of Alejandra Chaverri by Frances Grant


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