Aurora De Armendi studied at The Cooper Union School of Art, New York, NY (BFA, 2005) and The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA (MA & MFA, 2009). She was selected to be part of the program Artist in the Marketplace (AIM) at The Bronx Museum of Art during 2012-13 and she was awarded a full year residency from The Center for Book Arts, New York in 2013. Her work has been included on group exhibitions at the Bronx Biennial (Wave Hill Garden, Bronx, NY, 2013), International Print Center (New York, 2009, 2012 and 2013), The Center for Book Arts, (New York, 2013) as well as in cities in the United States, Iceland, Hungary, Argentina, Cuba among others. She is currently teaching at The Cooper Union Outreach Program and Parsons The New School for Design and is part of the executive board of The Cuban Cultural Center of New York. She lives and works in Brooklyn.
As an interdisciplinary artist, I use a range of media – particularly print media, text, video and book arts to explore ideas of displacement, identity, collective memory and the poetics of space/place. My creative studio work is balanced between research and material explorations. I often work with series, and most recently on long-term collaborative projects using the form of the book for its time-based qualities and the tactile intimacy it offers between maker and viewer.
My interest in trace, not as a physical gesture but as an idea in itself has provoked the exploration of the myths, stories and subjective histories that construct our conceptions of place. My interest in the archival, principally organizing our engagement with these conceptions, has informed two other artist’s books; primary source library collections of photographs, oral histories, interviews and conversations. For instance, In Three Taíno Myths, I look at the writings of Fray Ramón Pané to understand the mythology of the native people of Cuba and the process of colonization of native cultures in the Caribbean.
In Mythologies of Return: Revisiting Ana Mendieta’s Rupestrian Sculptures, I trace the steps of Ana Mendieta back to Cuba in search of her Rupestrian Sculptures. This piece was inspired after learning about Mendieta’s intention to make an artist’s book based on these sculptures, a project never completed before her tragic and sudden death. My work rescues this lost history by creating an artist’s book that presents photogravures documenting Mendieta’s Rupestrian Sculptures 30 years after their original conception.
As an artist/cultural producer, I wish to provide a space of reflection in aesthetic experience for the complexities of being human.