In honor of our People Issue, which will hit newsstands and computer screens November 25, Cultist proudly presents "100 Creatives," where we feature Miami's cultural superheroes in random order. Have suggestions for future profiles? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the whos and whys.
78. Agustina Woodgate
Agustina Woodgate is a true mixed-media artist. "I work in whatever medium is necessary to meet the concept I am addressing -- installation, performance, video, usually combining many aspects of these disciplines and often collaborating with other artists of many fields." From a kid who wanted to be a scientist, an inventor, and an artist growing up, it makes sense that she explores different mediums in order to create works of art.
Growing up in Buenos Aires, Woodgate collected candy, lollipops, and "all sorts of sugar treats" to assemble trees, cars, and buildings, until she literally created her own Candyland. She would also conduct experiments in glass jars by mixing all sorts of ingredients, "waiting for unknown results and explosions."
1. List five things that inspire you.
Hand-sewn and designed rugs made from recycled stuffed animals. The rugs not only reference the personal histories of the toy's owners but investigate the rug as an object organizing and displaying memories and lineages. In Eastern cultures, the Oriental rug centralizes the living space in pattern, operating beyond utility to depict the spiritual and mental world in woven form.
A portion of this collection will be shown during Art Basel.
I have also recently participated in a life-changing collaborative research project in Berlin, "Musement." Projectors Anthony Spinello, Stephanie Sherman and George Scheer (Elsewhere Collective), Dan Margulies, and myself came together for the project and ultimately will be proposing a re-activation of Spreepark, a historic abandoned amusement park in Berlin.
In early October, I gave a one-night-only performance at the Miami-Dade Main Library's Auditorium.
Inspired in "Jack and the Beanstalk," I used 200 music boxes found in the library's collections to give the English fairy tale a modern twist. I was joined by artist Federico Nessi and Anthony Spinello. If you missed the show, "Growing Up," a photo exhibit cataloging the performance along with others in my Fairy Tales series, is on display at the library through December 15.
Starting the year 2011 with a solo project/exhibition and pilot lessons for my birthday.
Discovering the world and its existing relationships captivates me. But above all, art is a grand tool and instrument for communication. I believe in art as a bridge, a channel.
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