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Ana Teresa Barboza is a mixed media artist from Peru whose mixed media work explores our relationship with nature and with each other. From large scale installation to smaller embroidered works, she is an impactful artist.
In the main she uses embroidery on printed fabrics to play with assorted concepts, but she has also ventured into installation work using a range of media.
From themes exploring the relationship between human and animal, to bodies, clothing and how we react to our environment, Ana has created a huge range of pieces that provoke all manner of responses. Her website showcases her unrelenting creativity, and in the years that I’ve been following her work, her output has grown in confidence and stature.
Her more recent work has pushed at the connections between thread and other media; her 2017 series “Unweaving the Image” explored the concept of sediment as the fibre of minerals, through a process of deconstruction.
Her most recent work – Water Ecosystem – was a collaborative installation working with other Peruvian artists to highlight indigenous irrigation methods, and this shift towards bigger works reiterates the power of Ana’s artistic aspiration.
And as her work has evolved over the years, the connection with the natural world has grown stronger. Ana’s work packs a punch and reminds us that we are part of an ecosystem, rather than the owners of such a realm.
I love the power in her work, the way it makes me feel and the mixture of embroidery types that create texture and form. Ana is firmly on my list of artists that will amaze you.