For this program, conservator and VoCA colleague Ruth del Fresno-Guillem will sit down with artist Gladys Triana to discuss Gladys's life, work, and artistic legacy. This discussion is part of the fifth season of our on-going CALL/VoCA Talks series, hosted in partnership with the Joan Mitchell Foundation. These programs aim to highlight the innovative CALL initiative while also underscoring the crucial need for dialogue with artists around the production, presentation, and preservation of their work.
This program is free and open to the public, but we ask that you please RSVP HERE.
Gladys Triana was born in Camagüey, Cuba in 1937 and moved to New York City in 1975, where she has lived ever since. Her work has developed in a variety of mediums including paintings, drawings, sculpture, video, and in more recent years, photography. Triana describes her artistry as “that way of looking at things which reveals my need to freely make my own rules, to break with set patterns, to rebel in my daily life and in the creative process. I have never followed any school, nor established norms. Within this private and analytic world was born my attempt to express myself with implements accessible to me—pencil and paper. I am a self-taught artist.” Triana’s work explores a variety themes related to isolation, ephemerality, memory, and environmentalism.
Ruth del Fresno-Guillem is a contemporary art conservator in private practice who primarily works for private collections with emerging artists. She is an active advocate for conservation, and aims to raise awareness within the emerging artist and art-related community by giving presentations and talks and conducting artist interviews. Dr. del Fresno has created an open online database under the name of Testimoniart, where she intends to share all the interviews that she conducts. In 2017, she received her Ph.D. in Science and Restoration of Historical and Artistic Heritage. She also has a BA+MA degree in Fine Arts (conservation) and History of Art.