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Maria Jose Arjona

10 Oct 200312 Jan 2004


Marfa, Texas


Maria Jose Arjona

In conjunction with Chinati Open House weekend, Columbian performance artist, Maria Jose Arjona, performed Vault at the Ballroom Marfa for three days. Arjona, the first international performance artist to work at Ballroom Marfa, christened the space with a meditative walk around a ring of charcoal symbolically shaped like a snake eating itself. Creating a relationship with the snake form, Arjona used the charcoal to methodically draw star shaped symbols on the freshly painted walls in the North Gallery.

The artist said about the work, “Vault transformed [the space] by the motion of a body. It [was]is a process of meditation where drawing is the basic tool to address evolution, simplicity and life. The piece contemplate[d] the cycles of matter and its deconstruction in order to create again.”

Artist Bio

Maria Jose Arjona

Maria Jose Arjona was born in Bogotá, Columbia, July 15th, 1972. She graduated from the Higher Academy of Art in Bogotá, with a Masters in Plastic Arts and an emphasis on performance and installation. Maria has participated in solo and group shows in Bogotá, Miami, and New York City. She is currently living in Miami, Florida.