Municipal Bonds is pleased to present Indivisible Particles, our debut exhibition with Chilean-French artist Cécilia Andrews. Teeming with abstract portraits—extolling the gaze, lauding the hand—Andrews' works on paper are articulated by collage. Cut-out and reassembled faces, with blurred contours on found papers, speak to the construction, deconstruction and reconstruction of identity—mutable as nature, united as humankind.
Andrews' approach is based on minimalist representation and the study of dualities: transparency and opacity, fragility and solidity, lightness and darkness, emptiness and fullness. She explores these complementary/diametrical dynamics in her work through the interaction of contrast, the perception of opposition, and the use of varied dimensional media. In her portraits, symbols are inlaid as facial features: human cells and plant leaves; missing or multiple pairs of eyes on a single face; color-blocked skin and tears—a surreal language about our shared humanity.
The indestructible connection among humankind, and between humankind and nature, is fundamental to Andrews' process: "I am attracted to primitive or ancient cultures because of the space they devote to the relationship between nature and the sacred, and to the use of symbols and ceremonies. Tribal cultures that were directly inspired by nature developed a language and a direct relationship with these elements, especially the moments of meditation during ceremonies: the personal or collective moment of taking the time to venerate nature or have emotional experiences of the sacred. I try to give a symbolic charge to my work, as if it were a question of transcribing a subjective feeling of veneration, gratitude, meditation or fusion."