THAYER travels and paints.
photo: Courtesy of Nena Thayer
These structures, and many others, have found a place in the works of Nena Gonzalez Thayer. Thayer, born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico, works on canvas and paper, layering collage and paint to represent the passage of her life experiences.
A resident of Bratislava, Thayer is preparing to move with her diplomat husband to a new posting in the US. But before that, she is holding an exhibition at the Instituto Cultural Mexicano in Vienna, the nearby Austrian capital. Gritos y Susurros del Alma is a retrospective of her work over the past five years and reflective of her nomadic lifestyle.
She says of her work, "I explore the search for identity and a quest to find Home. Where is my Home? Construction, destruction, and reconstruction define my life's journey - establishing a new home, deconstructing and destroying it when it is time to go to a new country, then reconstructing the new home. A three-step cycle of my life, a Trinity that defines my existence."
Thayer's life journeys have enabled her to study art in Vienna, Austria; Edinburgh, Scotland; Madrid, Spain; The Corcoran School of Art and Design in Washington, DC; and the Art League School in Alexandria, Virginia. Her work has appeared in shows and juried exhibits, has received awards in the US and Europe, and can be found in private collections in Europe, Mexico, and throughout the US.
The artist's Vienna exhibition runs until June 27. The institute, located at Türkenstrasse 15, is open Monday through Friday, 15:00 to 18:00. Her website is www.nena-thayer-art.net.
By Amanda Surbey
20. Jun 2005 at 0:00