Adventures in Object Art #MfOR

Like Hansel and Gretel before me I left some breadcrumbs, but still I’m rather awestruck that I could have missed working my way back to this somewhat seminal moment in the evolution of a project called The Museum for Object Research. 

My heart is breaking for Barcelona. A personal eulogy for #RamblasdeBarcelona

I only know that a few days ago I began my tribute to Heather Heyer, invoking my Spanish ancestors to help me in my witness, and now I must cast my gaze to my old home town of Barcelona. Somehow these moments are joined despite their distant geographies.

My heart is breaking for Barcelona. For the Ramblas, and for all the victims of this latest act of terror. It seems the acts of witness are never done.  

What would Meri do? Reflections on the Spanish Civil War in a contemporary art practice.

This post relates to my research and the family history which fuels my art practice. My mission is to create a body of work around the themes emerging from a second generation experience of Spanish Republican exile to England. 

Press Release: ¡Buenos Días Dictador! Eight new postmemory paintings by Sonia Boué

The spirit of these works is nostalgic yet confrontational, employing a juxtaposition of painted and collaged elements as a means of articulating the unspoken. Buenos Días Dictador, forms a visual essay which tweaks at the invisibility cloak of Franco’s rule to ask a serious question; how can we live the life domestic in the face of violent rupture, exile and dictatorship?

The psychic vibration of the object…

    Objects found today which speak…With all the forms I use as an artist I sometimes forget that the principle source of my inspiration is object work. No matter what I do it all springs from the objects around me and, of course, the ghosts of the past echoing through them. Today was anContinue reading “The psychic vibration of the object…”

Surviving a postmemory practice

    This is a post about the effects of working with trauma in a creative practice, and most specifically about using the notion of postmemory to direct research and create output. My project centres on the rupture within my family at the hands of the Franco dictatorship, which in 1939 succeeded in ousting a democraticallyContinue reading “Surviving a postmemory practice”

What is postmemory?

Here is a short (less than 2 minutes) video with my take on the backbone to my creative practice; the concept of postmemory. First developed to describe the transmitted trauma to the children of holocaust survivors, this term is incredibly meaningful in anchoring my own experience of living with my father’s traumatic lifelong exile fromContinue reading “What is postmemory?”

Crossing The Line

Today’s post is a mediation on the line. The line has become a constant motif in my paintings since the introduction of the typewriter ribbon in Exilio 2014 shown in the first image below. During Q & A after a performance of The Sadness of Being Nothing at Bangor University Department of Modern Languages andContinue reading “Crossing The Line”