Sandra Vasquez de la Horra
Sandra Vasquez de la Horra (b. 1967) is first and foremost a draughtswoman. Although she has produced a number of sculptural works, it is the short distance between thought and paper that has turned out to be the medium best suited to her desire to render visible a strangely familiar yet at the same time uncanny universe. Her drawings, all of them in moderate scale, are not "beautiful" in the classical sense of the word, but on the other hand reveal much about the artist's personality. They speak of fears, visualize dreams (or nightmares), recount memories. The dominance of the female figure as motive stands out: mothers, nuns, saints, seductresses, prisoners, damned ones. They are objects of desire, while desiring themselves. They are deeply catholic or deeply pagan, but in any case radiate a raw sexuality. The numerically inferior male figures are soldiers, clowns, men with erections, men dangling off trees, little boys – or Christ. It strikes the observer that the figures mostly seem to hover on the paper – perspective plays almost no role in her compositions. Instead, they fixate the viewer with their gaze, radiating a certain voyeurism. A key element in Sandra Vásquez de la Horra's drawings is her typography. The artist will often place words in the foreground, as a result of which they dominate the motif, indeed becoming the main subject. Or she distributes these words across the entire page, ignoring questions of grammatical correctness.