Portrait by Paola Kudacki
for 25 Magazine New York

Turning around a deliberate thought, Alejandra Mendoza has composed her own visual language with the patience and meticulousness of embroidering forms and figures on paper. Her imaginary reservoir combines heterogeneous elements and materials making use of old photographs, tapestry, drawings on acrylic, or prints made with spray painted stencils, materials all of which she ensembles and sews together in a gridded map of cotton lines. In these collages, the drawings on thread —be them geometrical symbols, silhouettes, or embroidered faces— are added together and constantly contrasted with the figures on the background, in what makes up two visual structures, one in a state of fusion and the other of segregation.

Stitch by stitch, there is tension on the surface. The needle´s and the thread´s perforations or the work of the sewing machine maximize the paper´s fragility. As the artist describes it: sewing up paper layers is a technical solution but also an act of rebellion. For millennia, sewing has been a meticulous and contemplative task almost always taken up by the female gender. Through these lapses of contemplation and extreme patience, spiritually or literally, life´s memories and bonds are recorded. Embroidering, due to its own nature, forbids thinking of immediacy. It is a slow and careful process that is opposed to the overproduction of images in today´s world. Alejandra Mendoza uses the needle and the thread to pass through different worlds creating parallel representations of novel beings.

Alejandra Mendoza has embroidered different stories, experiences, or sets of intermingling ambiguous realities, juxtaposed times in an apparent game that goes beyond a merely innocent intention.

Ana Quiroz

Translation: Josemaría Moreno

Alejandra Mendoza was born in Guadalajara, México in 1978.

Exhibitions:

2018

TRAMITE BURO DE COLECCIONISTAS / Garage / Queretaro, Mx.

TRAMITE BURO DE COLECCIONISTAS / Espacio Efimero / Oriunda Qro.

MICROCOSMO / Galería Intersección / S.M.A.

SIAM / Galería Intersección / San Miguel Allende, Mx.

2017

3 INSTALACIONES / Centro De Arte Bernardo Quintana Arrioja / Queretaro, Qro.

#artereconstruirmexico / Museo Insular / SMA

TRAMITE / proyecto showroom / Queretaro, Qro.

NO PODRÍA IMPORTARME MENOS en memoria de Fernando Morales Marquez / Kunsthaus Santa Fe / S.M.A

STUDIO SCEEN SEEN / CAMIBA ART GALLERY / AUSTIN TEXAS

GALERÍA INTERSECCIÓN / S.M.A

2016

WE-FRACKING-US / Galería YAM / S.M.A

CUATRO INSTALACIONES / Bellas Artes, El Nigromante / S.M.A.

DE SÍMBOLOS  REALIDADES / Instituto Cultural de México / Miami FL.

PSR AÑO UNO / proyecto Showroom / San Miguel De Allende, Gto.

NUEVO MUNDO 777 KMS. A LA REDONDA / Galería Jesús Gallardo / León, Gto.

LAPSOS / Galería Nadería / San Miguel De Allende, Gto.

2015

NO ANUNCIAR / Galería Anomalía / B.C. Canadá

ALTAR DE MUERTOS / INSTALACIÓN / Bellas Artes / San Miguel De Allende, Gto.

LINE / Proyecto Showroom / San Miguel De Allende, Gto.

FOSA / Galeria YAM / San Miguel De Allende, Gto.

SIN VERGÜENZA (arte posporno local) / Kunsthaus Santa Fe / San Miguel De Allende, Gto.

2014

MEXCity / Chicago, U.S.A.

CONFITURA / Galeria Santiago Corral, San Miguel De Allende, Gto.

EXPO-CHGO / Border Crossings / Chicago U.S.A.

COLLA / International Art Sticker Expo / Roma, Italia.

HIBRIDOS / Galeria Mazahua Casa Cuatro / Guanajuato.

LGBT Benefit / Galería Kunsthouse / San Miguel De Allende, Gto.

Locura Sustentable / Neuromante, Bellas Artes / San Miguel De Allende, Gto.

Portada del Mes / La Expendeduria / San Miguel De Allende, Gto.

2013

Affordable Art Fair / Ciudad De México.

DESPERDICIO / Galería Santiago Corral / Valle De Bravo.

Proyecto Muros En Blanco / Distrito Del Arte / San Miguel De Allende, Gto.

2012

MUÑECAS / Galería Santiago Corral / San Miguel De Allende, Gto.

Affordable Art Fair / Ciudad De México.

COLECTIVO / Galería Punto Fijo / San Miguel De Allende, Gto.

2011

ECOSISTEMA INTIMO / Generator Gallery / San Miguel De Allende, Gto.

2009

Proyecto Imagina Galería Nudo / San Miguel De Allende, Gto.

MALENTENDIDO / Biblioteca Pública / San Miguel De Allende, Gto.

2008

COLLAGE / Galería NUDO / San Miguel De Allende, Gto.

2007

Fundación Maroma Centro Cultural / Q. Roo.

2006

Biblioteca Pública / San Miguel De Allende, Gto.

Wet Back Gallery, Syracuse / New York.

Expansionist Art Empire / Leiden, Holanda.

2005

Galería Goma / Playa Del Carmen, Q. Roo.

2004

Galería Impala / Playa Del Carmen, Q. Roo.

2003

Festival Internacional De Guitarra / San Miguel De Allende, Gto.

2002

Festival Internacional De Guitarra / San Miguel De Allende, Gto.

Teatro Angela Peralta / San Miguel De Allende, Gto.

2001

Galería ArtFocus / San Miguel De Allende, Gto.

Galería ArtFocus / San Miguel De Allende, Gto.

Galería Internarte / San Miguel De Allende, Gto.

2000

Inauguración Casa De La Cultura / San Miguel De Allende, Gto.

1999

Galería Artgasmic / Morelia.

1998

Centro Cultural Soléxico / Playa Del Carmen, Q. Roo.

Inauguración Casa De La Cultura / Playa Del Carmen, Q. Roo.

1997

Galería Samuel Menache / Ciudad De México.

Centro De Arte Experimental La Moira / Ciudad De México.