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My work as a costume designer is focused on the production of dresses and my inspiration is the efficient fashion of the Decade of the 40´s. Many dresses of this period are in accordance with the classic shirtdress which is a type of clothing adaptable to different daily activities and hours of the day. Each of my designs are also unique in their configuration and each dress combines at least four different types of fabrics. This type of manual work of selection and combination of types of fabrics, patterns, textures and colors has its origin in the reusing of fabric scraps and thus related to the tradition of the Quilt. The Quilt tradition has been linked mostly to decorative objects and not necessarily a type of clothing. However, it is a tradition that is a directly linked to the females role in the home. In this sense my dresses intend to rearticulate a tradition and strengthen the tasks of manual work as an instrument of current artistic creation.

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😀 Artworks

STIGMA SERIES

Clay and sign street | Houston, Texas, USA, 2018-2020

Many moons have passed between now and the distant actions of my childhood. However I cannot ignore the relationship between these remote memories and my current creations. It started, like most children, in kindergarten where I created clay figures that I transformed into narrative scenes of fantasy and fun. Naturally this craft shown through in various others forms and uses. Due to family circumstances, I had to learn to cook at an early age. So in order to enjoy it more, I mainly made pastries and included the forms and figures I had always done with clay, but this time as edible treats. Although I must admit I did not come to these conclusions by myself. I remember a women neighbor friend of the family whom shared with me her enthusiasm for antique birthday cakes and homemade creams of all colors, and me being marveled by the patterns and textures of something so delicious. My family lived a sort of nomadic lifestyle. At some point in one of these new geographies I discovered a material that was easy to mold and apply color, being playful and experimental but at the same time harden to form a figure much more solid than that of marzipan or plasticine. Since then my models became objects with greater autonomy and easily adaptable to my plastic art expression requirements. Over time I have developed my own version of this material and it is the base of my most recent sculptural art works. The clay is composed of cornstarch, liquid glue, vinegar, petroleum jelly, and some essential oils. Once cooked I add pigments to separate sections creating a base of primary colors, from which I mix small amounts of each to create the large spectrum of colors which can be seen in my works. The resulting clay is very popular in the world of cheap souvenirs and kitsch objects. Products made from these types of clays are not usually linked to artistic production, nor related to craft productions, but rather seen as an insignificant material made for non-serious domestic projects, and primarily geared towards women. In this sense the clay that I use is doubly marginalized, relegated by its domestic use by women, as well as being seen as something used in decorative minor crafts and cheap souvenirs. On the other hand, my profession as a graphic designer exposed me to other interests linked to communication. Since then I have been interested in the cultural history and traces of meanings that are reflected by the passage of time in different mediums of communications and artistic creations. The forms of communications I am mainly interested in are ̈street expressions ̈, such as graffiti, posters, flyers, advertising signs as well as public traffic signs. As I wander the streets, I find symbols and meanings in the signs and posters littered throughout the city. I choose certain supports which I can intervene and reuse. Naturally these ̈canvases ̈ relate to the urban and social collective in that they are a vehicle of information meant for the public, but in my appropriating of them, bringing them back to the domestic domain where I apply colorful clay, I am creating an object of various degrees of urban, kitsch, domestic and playful. My current ambitions are to blend the domestic with the external and social environment. In this form I express two possible narratives. The first being the household environment with its routines, love and its many emotional conditions, often invisible in the context of capitalist productivity. And the second being the external or urban environment, a mostly wild and chaotic narrative with serious glimpses of dehumanization and depersonalization. It is certain I am looking to rescue a homemade material that is linked to my personal story, and at the same time make visible critical traits of the social framework, so that my work excels as transforming element in our everyday environment.

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CARS

Digital illustration | Houston, Texas, USA, 2018

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TRUMP THIS

Art Car Museum, 12th Annual Open Call Exhibition | Houston, Texas, USA, 2018

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MY IMPRESSIONS OF GALVESTON

Le Film Festival de Mobile Phone. 1st. place in full length film. RecRoom. Houston, Texas, US | June 2016

It is a visual record of a possible parallel story inspired by my life on the island, and what it represents to recognize / assimilate a "new culture". For audiovisual recording I simply use a relatively old iPhone that was given to me when I arrived in the USA. The chain of images, collected over almost two months, is presented as the progression of a day (24 hours), and is unified with the presence of a character, who is the figure of the artist (Justin Earl Grant). The shots are intentionally obtained from the most logical point of view for a recording on a mobile device, which is at shoulder height and does not use an accessory tripod. The island invoked in my curiosity about the subtle and not so subtle movements of the wind, movements the constant circulation of cars and clouds, the interior life of alleys, the immobility of the streets, the highway, the supply centers, or The lush vegetation. Later in the course of compiling the sequences, my search will transform and I will be inclined to expand this record to other possible stories. In this way, it includes the registration of the monument of San Jacinto, Texas, as the starting point of the sequences. Texas presents itself to me as a precarious space emerging from a disputed land. In this sense, I found in this monument a clue that would resonate to an eternal return, from which we must remember where we descended from.



ROMANCE SERIES

Digital Illustartion | Houston, Texas, USA, 2017-2018

My work is based on the allegorical representation of the phallus and by extension is a critique of our prevailing culture. In my works the phallus is represented in an iconic and ambiguous way: they are simultaneously both male and female figures. The scenes illustrate physical and cultural stereotypes, which are dominated by patriarchal, conservative and rational concepts. A critical point in my work is to expose this dominant cultural heritage, twisting traditional discourse to reflect on new dimensions and configurations of gender, sexual, and social cultures.

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CHANTAS

Artworks | 2004-2020

The doodle of a "pico" is the typical drawing that you see in public restrooms throughout Chile. The drawing consists of two parallel circles, one next to the other, from which emerges an elongated oval, crowned by a hairline that indicates it as the glans penis. Everything seems to indicate that a penis squiggle in a public bathroom, in Chile and I guess other places, is the maximum expression of an insult to whom it is directed. You can usually read "For So and so" under the doodled "pico". That is to say, "pico for so-and-so," this being an insult to that so-and-so. My life experience in different countries with different social and political histories have guided my considerations and helped me to confirm that authoritarian experiences -as was the dramatic case of Chile with its civic-military dictatorship initiated in 1973- installed in people a very deep notion of submission. In this regard, by extension the culture of subjugation can be associated with the history of humanity. However, I am interested in pointing out that a large part of the prevailing culture is the heir of cultural machismo, based on the expansion of the rationalism of the 18th century. Likewise, from my point of view, it is now feasible to consider capitalism as the greatest force of submission. Returning to my anecdote of the "pico", inspired by the trace of the phallic doodle that symbolizes patriarchy and authoritarianism, along with my utopian vision, I have developed over the past 10 years a consistent work based on the critique of the macho legacy and the current rise of utra-capitalism. In my work the phallic symbol figure is transfigured and represented in an iconic and ambiguous way, precisely, my figure is masculine and feminine at the same time. On the other hand the basis of my most recent work is the allegorical representation shown in a series of illustrations based on trite paintings of the Romantic era of the SXVIII. The illustrations recreate scenes with elements of landscapes and exotic subjects, which express the inspired aesthetics fundamentally guided by men, very characteristic of many paintings of this era. The scenes exhibit physical and cultural stereotypes, which are dominated by patriarchal and retrograde concepts. My work, like this last series of illustrations, or my sculptures and paintings, have a critical point, which is to reveal the dominant cultural heritage, ironically commenting on traditional discourses to generate a reflection on new dimensions and configurations of power, gender, sex and culture.

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FIGURES

Sculptures | Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2010-2013

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    BASURITAS

    Collage hechos con ephimeras | Santiago, Chile, 2003

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🤓 Projects

FANTASMA

PROJECT DIRECTOR: M.G. DOMINGUEZ | ART EXHIBITION

The Printing Museum | Houston, 2021

Fantasma is an experimental interdisciplinary project that connects the pictorial expression of the artist Justin Earl Grantwith the poetry of author Micaela Piñero and the music of Daniel Riquelme. It corresponds to an installation project where linearity is interrupted by deviations from the unconscious. The installation consists of paintings accompanied with poetry in Spanish, sound and chromatic light effects as well as a printed bilingual booklet for the visitors. The exhibition will take place the year 2021 in the Book Gallery of the Printing Museum of Houston.



FAMILIA LORENZO FOLK ART FROM GUERRERO MEXICO

PROJECT DIRECTOR: M.G. DOMINGUEZ | ART EXHIBITION

Consulate General of Mexico in Houston | Houston, 2019

Never before seen exhibition in Houston, Texas, showcasing a selection of more than 80 original works. The Lorenzo Family, originally from Guerrero, Mexico, is unique among the artisans of Mexican altarpieces. The family consists of a multi-generational group, led by the Patriarch Lucas. For decades, his creations have captured the Mexican visual heritage, universally recognized, highlighting the contemporary and often playful traditional scenes, whose popular sensibility is rooted in a Latin American sociocultural peculiarity. Currently, the Lorenzo Family, whose members belong to a native Nahuatl-speaking people in Guerrero, uses refined artistic techniques that give life to a variety of themes full of ingenuity and multicolored beauty. Their history goes back 50 years, when Lucas began painting on masonite board, instead of the traditional amate bark which traditionally had been used by others for generations. The kaleidoscopic palette of the family shows a varied range of paintings, representing figures of saints, demons, angels, animals and religious scenes, all populating Lucas's paintings. His notorious influence on his children and grandchildren, who today participate in modern pop culture, present more playful figures, such as jaguar dancers and angels of Frida Kahlo. Their complexity is also manifested in abstract works, in which the evolution of pastoral mountain scenes and bright concentric points, embodied in austere black backgrounds abound. The world view reflected in the works of the Lorenzo family, which today is represented by these three generations of artisans, is a sign of its colorful expression and of the richness of Mexican culture and popular art. Mariela Gerónima Domínguez


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HISTORY THROUGH CINEMA

PROJECT DIRECTOR: M.G. DOMINGUEZ | FILM SERIES

Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston | Houston, 2019

Film series entitled History Through Cinema. This film series consisted of a selection of 16 contemporary Ibero-American productions that covered Spanish-American and Spanish history from the 15th century to the present day.

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BORDERLUST

PROJECT DIRECTOR: M.G. DOMINGUEZ | ART EXHIBITION

Institute of Hispanic Culture of Houston | Houston, 2019

"Mauricio Paz Viola & Justin Earl Grant celebrate their second exhibition together. After their shared experiences in Santiago de Chile 2015, they are reunited once again in the city of Houston. Borderlust is a reflection on the dynamic experience of how we construct our identity as an emancipatory and paradoxical process. Paz Viola & Grant's collection of works present a series of silhouettes of the human figure whose limits are traced and shows the interconnection of the subject with the whole. Bonderlust aspires to reaffirm the magnitude of possibilities of the expansion of the human being." Mariela Gerónima Domínguez

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CUATRO VECES YO

PROJECT DIRECTOR: M.G. DOMINGUEZ | ART EXHIBITION

Montevideo, Uruguay, 2015 | Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2015 | Santiago, Chile, 2016

It is a visual arts project whose exhibition program explores the artistic production of four contemporary painters and promotes the international integration of pictorial creation. Montevideo, Uruguay, 2015, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2015 & Santiago de Chile, 2016

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WHITEOUT

CURATOR: M.G. DOMINGUEZ | ART INSTALATION

Santiago, Chile, 2015

Justin Earl Grant in White Out transforms a reproduction into an original work by fixing, on said copy, white paint in a controlled manner, maintaining the outline and features of the original image. The product is a whitish and subtle new image. This action supposes a reflection on the artist's own life. Not with the purpose of erasing or covering a past by force of white brushstrokes, but by re-painting with the same concentration and dedication, the creation is resurrected. In this way it relieves a dead past from the image / work and revives a latent sign in the original image. White Out is the illusion of improving the present, aware of our past and our entire memory. In this sense it is a dispute with the "Black Out". Mariela Gerónima Domínguez

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LOBAS

CO-DIRECTOR: M.G. DOMINGUEZ | FESTIVAL

Radicales & UrbnStgo | Santiago, Chile, 2015

Programa de actividades destinadas a fomentar y promover la labor artística de mujeres creadoras emergentes. El ciclo de actividades incluyó la exposición colectiva de cinco destacadas artistas visuales: Valentina Arentsen , Nora Unda, Bárbara Ardiles, María Ossandón y Sol Barrios. Música en vivo: Torta Golosa, Ani del Mar, The Norma Jean Discovery, Ey Macarena, Mala Junta y Shawn Strange and the Blue Moons Cine y charlas: ELLAS NO de Susana Díaz y Madre Hay Una Sola de Alejandra Rosas Noche de Poesía Activa: Giannina Gutiérrez Stewart y Lidia Ibarra. Danza cotemporanea y un flashmob a cargo de la bailarina Pamela Quero. Performance: Monseñor Ren, Jesusa Delbardo y Romina ebolledo Art Instalation: "Nunca es suficiente" de Valeria Araneda García.

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1st SLAM POETRY

CO-DIRECTOR: M.G. DOMINGUEZ | FESTIVAL

Radicales & Dry Grass Group® | Santiago, Chile, 2015

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SINCURA

CURATOR & ORGANIZER: M.G. DOMINGUEZ | ART EXHIBIT

Petit Palacio | Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2009

Sincura compone una mirada introspectiva del quehacer de los pintores. La labor de los artistas pintores El juego de palabras "sin cura" alude a los mecanismos de autosanación, autogestión y reflexión en torno al arte. Artistas: Ernesto Pereyra, Justin Earl Grant, Marcela Giorla, Michael Jackson, Lisandro Actis Caporale, Rodolfo Espejo, Lenie Maler, Micaela Piñeiro, ZAGUI, Ezequiel Montivero, Ana Wolpowicz, Mariana Denise Gayoso, Jasmin Sterle, Miguel Paradelo & Tomas Palma.

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730 DIAS DEL CARTEL

PROJECT MANAGER: M.G. DOMINGUEZ | EXHIBITION

College of Design A.L.P.E.S | Project Director: Carlos de La Vega Assistece Directo: Hernan | Santiago, Chile, 2002 - 2005

2nd., 3rd. & 4th. Edition of Chilean Contemporary Posters.

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BOLETO TIPO CARTON

PROJECT DIRECTOR: M.G. DOMINGUEZ | INVESTIGATION

College of Design A.L.P.E.S | Santiago, Chile, 2006

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Mariela Gerónima Domínguez

As a daughter of a Chilean mother and an Uruguayan father, Mariela G. Dominguez has lived between Santiago, Chile, Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she was born and Montevideo, Uruguay. She currently resides in Houston, Texas. Her studies and interests have been various; among them are Project Development in the Field of Visual Communication, including video arte, urban art, fashion design, sculpture, jewelry design, and painting. As a graduate in Graphic Communication, Mariela worked in the production of the project 730 días de Cartel. This was an outstanding project of contemporary poster design in Chile. Later, at the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, after graduating in Strategic Management Design, she focused her creative abilities in the management and planning of projects that integrate design with the visual arts. Her activities as a curator started in the year 2009, in the city of Buenos Aires with the visual arts initiative Sincura. Afterwards, in the same creative tendency she continued with the international visual arts project Cuatro Veces Yo, shown between the years 2014 and 2016 in the cities of Montevideo, Buenos Aires and Santiago. The exhibition included four different painters. In 2015 while living in Santiago she co-directed the management and production of the Lobas festival, whose objective was to highlight and promote the work of more than 20 female artists. Currently based in Houston, her graphic design company, xzzxdesign, maintains a stable portfolio of international clients. Along with expanding her portfolio she is interested in the development of exhibitions that promote Hispanic and emerging local art. She also continues her own artistic production by creating innovative works of decorative art. She was recently selected to exhibit at the CraftTexas 2018 at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft.

Multicolor, dots and lines

Long, colorfull and original dress with a combination of five different types of fabrics. Dots and Lines.
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Full length original dress with a combination of five different types of fabrics.
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Flowery naivety

Floral dress with a combination of five different types of fabrics. With belt.
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100% cotton
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Paisley Black

Long beauty dark dress with a combination of four different types of fabrics.
Diversified piece – could be worn in multiple seasons, places or events.
By xzzxart
One size. Custom fit: Size 8 – 12
Handsewn
100% cotton
Hand wash
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Multicolor, dots and lines

Long, colorfull and original dress with a combination of five different types of fabrics. Dots and Lines.
Diversified piece – could be worn in multiple seasons, places or events.
By xzzxart
One size. Custom fit: Size 8 – 12
Handsewn
100% cotton
Hand wash
Request a personalized order and receive something made exclusively for you.

Aged forest

Full length original dress with a combination of five different types of fabrics.
Diversified piece – could be worn in multiple seasons, places or events.
By xzzxart
One size. Custom fit: Size 8 – 12
Handsewn
100% cotton
Hand wash
Request a personalized order and receive something made exclusively for you.

Flowery naivety

Floral dress with a combination of five different types of fabrics. With belt.
Diversified piece – could be worn in multiple seasons, places or events.
By xzzxart
One size. Custom fit: Size 8 – 12
Handsewn
100% cotton
Hand wash
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Paisley Black

Long beauty dark dress with a combination of four different types of fabrics.
Diversified piece – could be worn in multiple seasons, places or events.
By xzzxart
One size. Custom fit: Size 8 – 12
Handsewn
100% cotton
Hand wash
Request a personalized order and receive something made exclusively for you.