Leonor Hochschild

Leonor Hochschild

México 1962

 

Through a continuous output, Leonor Hochschild’s work constantly explores materials, techniques, and canvases in a search for a language of its own. 

Beginning her artistic scholarship after an education in advertising design, Hochschild studied drawing under Master Aceves Navarro, painting in Barcelona’s Llotja School of Applied Arts, and a variety of additional techniques under the artist Víctor Ceprián Cortés.

Her discipline involves an artistic investigation of her materials’ physical and chemical properties , which creates a thematic thorough line connecting all of her work: the production of new ways for material to generate meaning.

In the midst of this creative process, Hochschild applies varnishes, oils, gouaches, acrylics, and watercolors onto surfaces that include aluminum, paper, wood, polycarbonate, and traditional canvas fabric. These surfaces are set down on the floor and worked on in a manner that incorporates the physicality of the creative act. This results in organic artworks that use geologic, cosmic, and biological shapes to portrait sensations, instants, movements, and reactions that transport the spectator to another space.

The work of Leonor Hochschild seeks to represent an interior world whose life is created through sensations, emotions, and experiences external to rational contexts and constructions. Her repertoire could be described as a kind of emotional log that articulates her movement towards a lifestyle based on affective literacy as a way to confront contemporary notions that forbid or devalue the relationship between individual and environment.  Hochschild creates a bridge between matter and emotion that lets material acquire meaningful conceptual protagonism.

Currently established in Mexico City, Hochschild has participated over the last few years in more than 50 exhibitions both collective and individual in Mexico, Europe, Asia, and the United States.

 

 

Artist statement

 

In my work I seek to materialize an affective universe that allows the spectator to situate himself in other spaces of identification with his own emotions. I am interested in generating a critical comment on the emotional relationships that are limited in contemporary society and show that there may be ways of life that are established from other perspectives.

In the search for a plastic language, matter constitutes an infinite possibility. In my artistic discourse, it works to represent the different dimensions of the emotional, resulting in a production where materials and processes have a leading role in the meaning of the work.

It is from the exploration and investigation of the physical and chemical behavior of the matter that I have been able to develop a language that allows me to represent these emotional narratives as a reading of reality, a reading that dissociates from the one we are currently experiencing.  I find the materials that I use in my everyday life: industrial materials that I subtract from their contexts to resignify them in a process of self-discovery that is reflected in the abstract forms, in the color palettes, in the oxidation and acidification processes and in the assemblies that constitute my artistic work.

I am currently developing a formal and material search that proposes a jump between two-dimensional and three-dimensional formats. For this reason, I plan to develop a series of installation projects.

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