"Queen Play"

Galeria 13 A21

Karin Barrera and the Game of Painting.

The painting of Karin Barrera seems to bet from its assembly and format for the idea of the game, through the interaction of a central image, which is besieged by small canvases, where it is possible to recognize the crosses and circles that make up the popular board game, "cat". In fact the title of this great canvas is; "Game of Queens" (Queen Play), which allows the observer to speculate about what type of queen alludes the portrait of the artist. Perhaps, the queen of hearts of the English card; or, some monarch
coming from the medieval tales of old Scotland.
However, when observing carefully, we will discover that between the circles and crosses beautifully worked with floral motifs, the artist has interspersed fragments of the poem by Gabriela Mistral;
"We were all going to be Queens", in order to reflect on women and their domains,
both affective and social roles in a reality, today global.
From this point of view, the central portrait proposes a combination of roles or identities, where the articulation of figuration versus saturated order highlights the fine work of the monarchical portrait. Which is opposed to the baroque and floral forms of which the crosses and circles are built. Making the observer equitably taken to the recesses of the baroque and the new figuration of the last century.
In other words, "Queen Play" is nothing other than the way in which Karin Barrera observes the monarchy from that end of the world called Chile, seeking to meditate on the destiny of contemporary women.

Art Style:
  • Figurative
  • Contemporary
Art Medium:
  • Linen art
Size and orientation:
  • Medium
Price Range:
  • $501 - $1,000
View all See the Art


The region's largest affordable retail art fair would not be possible without the help of our sponsors and supporters.