Interventions: Unearthing Jade
Interventions is a new series at the Mint in which contemporary works are placed amongst permanent collection installations to create a critical dialogue between past and present.
Installation is on view now
Charlotte artist and muralist Irisol Gonzalez relocated with her family to the United States from Costa Rica. When they moved, their traditional gatherings and family heirlooms lost their geographical specificity. Gonzalez mines these traditions for the stories contained within the installation Unearthing Jade. Most often, the bedrock she finds there is machismo, the elevation and celebration of masculine strength and pride above all else. Gonzalez’s installation reminds us that art begins as a reflection of its time and engagement with culture, and, over time, becomes an artifact of that moment.
Where to find it
“Art of the Ancient Americas” gallery on the second floor of Mint Museum Randolph
• Lavarse Las Manos,2020, acrylic on linen. On loan from artist.
• Quinceañera #1 & #2, 2021, acrylic on linen.
• A Woman’s Cycle, 2021, acrylic on linen. On loan from the artist.
• A Cycle of Pain, 2021, acrylic on linen. On loan from the artist.
• Adorning Value, 2021, Resin. On loan from the artist.
• Machismo #9, 2021, acrylic on wood. On loan from the artist.
• Machismo #10, 2021, acrylic on wood. On loan from the artist.
• Burial axe, jadeite, On loan from the artist
• Advertencia Mamás Machistas, 2020, screen print on plastic. On loan from the artist