Welcome to Instruments of Memory. I’m Claudia Pretelin. I’m a Mexican art historian, independent researcher, and arts administrator based in Los Angeles, California. This site is my long-term art history documentation project. It has evolved with time and I find myself now focusing on personal interviews with womxn in the arts. I ask about their work, their interests, and future projects. If this intrigues you I encourage you to check in on occasion and maybe even take a dive into the archives.
Check out our first 2021 interview with Alexia Miranda, a multidisciplinary artist from El Salvador whose practice explores the limits of human relations. Her work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. In 2019 she participated in the 13 Bienal de la Habana.
In my personal process, I go from more intimate pieces related to existential and individual ontological questions to questions about how we relate with others in society. I recognize in my own work two different needs. One is to explore, find answers, or generate thoughts about our human condition using metaphors and poetic images. The second need is to integrate the audience and let go of control, to interact, play, transform, and generate new experiences with local communities and the audience and to form a co-creative action with the work and concept. –Alexia Miranda
Read more about her Alexia Miranda’s work HERE!
An Interview with Andrea Ordaz
Andrea Ordaz is based in Los Angeles, California creating modern dance choreographies. She received a BFA in Performance & Choreography and an MFA in Dance from the University of California, Irvine. As creative director of A.Ordaz Dance, she makes and shares dances inspired by human connection and cultural landscapes. She utilizes her first-generation American perspective to advocate for deep thinking and profound opportunity in varying capacities such as dance and higher education, women in contemporary arts, and Mexican American contemporary dancing bodies and makings.
An Interview with Rosina Herrera, Conservator at the Rijksmuseum
Rosina Herrera studied Paper Conservation and Art History before she was trained as a Photograph Conservator in Rochester, NY, at the Eastman Museum’s Advanced Residency Program in Photo Conservation. She worked at MoMA (NY) as an Andrew W. Mellon fellow and has collaborated with the Hispanic Society of New York.In 2014 she joined the Rijkmuseum in Amsterdam (The Netherlands).
A conversation with Mexican artist and illustrator, Dulce Chacón
Dulce Chacón, is a visual artist and illustrator currently living and working in Mexico City. Her work is a graphic reflection about the visual documentation and its methods of representation, having as an objective to establish relations between the procedures in the translation of the photographic images to drawings.
ANNALISA BARRON’S ART IN MOTION: IN CONVERSATION WITH THE ARTIST
Focusing on the importance of recording shared histories, for the past nine months Annalisa Barron has been working with staff and instructors at Writers and Books (a literary center located in the Neighborhood of the Arts in Rochester, New York) to gain insight into their community and the history of their building. To talk about this project, her work, her views on the recent events happening in the city, and how they are informing her practice, I spoke with Annalisa over Zoom and we continued this conversation via email. Read more…
Annalisa Barron is an artist and filmmaker currently working in Rochester, NY. She graduated from Penn State University with a BFA in Painting and Drawing in 2013 and with an MFA in Sculpture from the Pratt Institute in 2017. Currently, Annalisa is starting an art-based film studio, Big Al’s Flying Films, which focuses on empowering young artists to work with their hands and learn to represent themselves as professionals.
Before you go…
A SINGULAR WOMAN: IN CONVERSATION WITH SARAH E. WEBB
Sarah E. Webb‘s path is comprised of many stitches, but at heart, she is a storyteller and teacher. From the artist studio to the yoga studio, her multi-disciplinary approach considers both spaces as creative sites of corporeal process and practice. Webb received her MFA from Visual Studies Workshop, Rochester, NY, and is the co-editor of Singular Women: Writing the Artist, UC Press, 2003, as well as contributing artist and author to The M Word: Real Mothers in Contemporary Art, Demeter Press, 2011. For the past decade, Sarah immersed herself in the physical and philosophical teaching of the yogic tradition, guided by Dr. Douglas Brooks and Vishali Varga. She has taught and trained yoga teachers in the Rochester, NY area, is the founder of Embodied Recovery, mentors students privately, and leads virtual writing circles, workshops, and retreats. Sarah weaves her critical, visual, and perceptual background into a unique environment to map and make meaning of one’s individual body stories and experiences through pose and prose. She is currently completing a collection of essays, Narrative Threads, and publishes a newsletter of the same name.
From her home in Rochester, New York, Sarah connected with Claudia Pretelin & Instruments of Memory to talk about memories, past and future projects. Read more…