This is a new and still ongoing series that I began in 2013. As is customary in my work, rather than starting from scratch, the series constitutes a natural extension of previous work in which I incorporate elements that have surfaced throughout my career: a focus on the body, the concept of identity, the use of disguise, the incorporation of masks and the expression of a desire to reveal while simultaneously hiding or camouflaging one's identity, either behind hands or through the use of other elements. Recently I produced a series of mainly oil paintings modeled directly on classical masterpieces. By contrast, this series makes clear references to pop culture, fashion magazines, comics, and fanzines, all of which, thematically, have motivated my choice to work with mixed media (acrylic and pencil) on paper, in some cases on a very large scale.
I have always been interested both in the truths that can be revealed by portraits and in the artistic game of simulating the image of a person on a flat surface, a game that has been played again and again in painting over the course of centuries. In this new series, I have given a central role to hair, with its particular historical and cultural connotations. In particular, I exploit the communicative and symbolic properties of hair in order to create masses or volumes that replace or hide the face, as if hair itself were a mask. In addition, I have long been fascinated by the world of fashion, and specifically by its potential for facilitating chameleonic change. Clothing affords the opportunity to change identity continuously and fluidly, and I have exploited its chameleonic possibilities, together with representations of hair, to create a series of ambiguous pictures, of images, I hope, in which the sex, gender, or attitude of the person represented is not always clear. Humor and irony play a role here, too, especially with regard to their relation to popular and mass market, as opposed to highbrow, culture.
Finally, I am interested in what it means to be an artist, or what kind of artist one is or can be, in contemporary society. In the past I have played (literally and figuratively) with multiple metaphors to address this question. (I have, for example, used superheroes, solitary fighters, boxers, and bodybuilders.) In this current series, the presence of humor is perhaps less visible on the surface of the work. Nevertheless, as has been the case throughout my career, I continue to engage in an informal and playful discourse that both interrogates and stands as a counterpoint to the often exaggerated seriousness of the art world.

Angeles Agrela (1966, Ubeda/Spain) is a multidisciplinary artist who works with textiles, video, photography, painting, drawing and printmaking. Her creative process usually follows a thematic line such that a collection of works leads others as parts of the continuing story. Her work has always been closely related to the body and her work is sytematically characterized by references to art itself, or the fact of being an artist, or to the experience of a particular kind of artist. Since 1994 she has held over thirty-five solo exhibitions at private galleries in Spain and the Netherlands as well as in public institutions in Italy, France, Germany and Spain and collaborated in group exhibitions all around the world.


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