Mónica Van Asperen|
(b. Buenos Aires, Argentina, 1962) Lives and works in Buenos Aires.
Although she describes herself as a sculptor, Van Asperen also works with photography, objects, drawings transparencies, space, the body - all inaccessible components of some kind, are modeled as immaterial matter in her work. As with our bodies, her productions are inorganic systems which oscillate between delicacy and resistance, the vulnerable and the persistent. Her balloon garments and blown and stretched glass seem to defy the qualities of the material. Van Asperen challenges the limits of our perception and works argues for the capacity for transformation in bodily interaction.
Van Asperen studied music, mathematics, dances and painting with Ricardo Garabito. She was received as a graphic designer at the University of Buenos Aires in 1989. She received a scholarship from the Guillermo Kuitca Young Artists Program between 1997 and 1999. In 1998 she was awarded a scholarship to study at the Copenhagen, Denmark, Design Institute, and in 2000 was selected to take part in Proyecto Trama. In 2001 she obtained a National Arts Fund grant and the Antorchas Foundation gave her a grant to attend Banff Centre for the Arts in Canada and another to take part in a scenic experimentation workshop. She worked on the design of toys for children with learning problems and special skills at the Lecotek Casa de los sentidos in London. She received an award from the National Critics Association (2001), the Leonardo award and Konex trajectory award (2002). She has been a university teacher of textile design, visual communication. Some of her solo shows include: "El Círculo", Maman Fine Arts, Bs.As.; "S/T", Espacio Doque, Barcelona (2003); "Autorretratos", Galería Fernando Pradilla, Madrid (2002); "S/T", Instituto de Cooperación Iberoamericana (ICI), Bs.As. (2000) and Alianza Francesa, Bs.As. (1998). She has taken part in the Arco ‘04, ‘03 and ’02 and arteBA fairs since 2001. Outstanding among her collective exhibitions are: "En busca de la belleza real", Centro Cultural Borges, Bs.As. (2005); "Corporal", University Galleries, Dorothy Schmidt College, Florida Atlantic University (2004); "Beca Kuitca", Galería Fernando Pradilla, Madrid (2003); Art Biennial, Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Bs.As.; "Nuevas Tendencias", Museo de Arte Moderno de Bs.As. (2002); "Memoria en el galpón del museo", Proyecto Trama, Museo de Arte Moderno de Bs.As.; "Bocetos", installation showcase, Banff Centre for the Arts, Canada; "Estampas", Pabellón Casa de Campo de Madrid (2001); among others.
The following conversation between the artist and curator Viviana Usubiaga took place in Buenos Aires in 2005.