The Cutting (& Stitching) Edge – Ana Teresa Barboza


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Ana Teresa Barboza - Family Animals (2011)

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.

Ana Teresa Barboza - Water Ecosystem (2018)
Ana Teresa Barboza – Water Ecosystem (2018)

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.

Ana Teresa Barboza - Untitled - hand embroidery on fabric

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.

Ana Teresa Barboza - Continuous Thread (2017)
Ana Teresa Barboza – Continuous Thread (2017)

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.

Ana Teresa Barboza - Read The Landscape (2018)
Ana Teresa Barboza – Read The Landscape (2018)

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.

Ana Teresa Barboza - Family Animals (2011)

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.

Ana Teresa Barboza - Family Animals (2011)

Get deeper with Ana Teresa Barboza by visiting her blog and follow her on Instagram. She is a force of nature and she’s on a wild ride.

Ana Teresa Barboza - Family Animals (2011)

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