ABOUT THE ARTIST
Daiana Oneto is a printmaker and multimedia designer living in Kansas City, MO. Originally from Argentina, her work explores the human body as both figure and landscape. Through fragmented collage and layered mark-making, she explores themes of absence and presence, psychological strain, and the body’s relationship to the earth.
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As an Argentine immigrant, the motivation for her work comes from the effects of Argentina’s Dirty War where thousands of people were killed in secret by the government.
These people became known as the “disappeared ones,” and this idea of disappearing, or rather, being forced to disappear, plays a major role in her work. Through the use of the human form, she explores both physical and psychological strain to the body. But in thinking about disappearance, and especially disappearance into the earth, her work has become more about the relationship between the body and the earth, and the body itself as a landscape.
She is particularly interested in the idea of burying or covering something up, and how that can create a simultaneous absence and presence, much in the way that tombs serve as a sign of a person’s presence after death.
She plays with this in terms of the exchange between what can be seen and what cannot be seen. The utilization of printmaking techniques allows her to conceal, or bury, through the act of layering, while collage allows her to further fragment the body and compose ambiguous landscapes.
Feelings of coldness and death are perpetuated through the use of white, which carries with it a sense of aggressiveness and endlessness. In morphing the body with the landscape, the figure is connected to the earth not only in reference to ideas of death and burial, but also in reference to the suppression that the Argentine government has imposed on its people.
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