Marina Vargas: Fate Lines
The Museo ABC presents “Fate Lines”, the eleventh edition of the program Conexiones created in collaboration with Fundación Banco Santander.
Conexiones is a program where artists linked to Drawings are invited to develop a specific project for the Museum revealing the connections between two works chosen from the funds of Colección Banco Santander and Colección ABC.
This new edition of Conexiones presents its eleventh guest: Marina Vargas (Granada, 1980). The artist exhibits Fate Lines, who created a project based on a tarot session by a Cuban «Santera». The nine tarot figures that appear in this session have been interpreted with its characteristic vocabulary. It is one of the few creators of her generation who has built a language of her own, an iconographic world with antagonistic elements: Baroque and Pop, or Surrealism and Symbolism. In her unique and original universe, references to Mexican popular culture, African sorcery, the Caribbean craft or Catholic tradition coexist.
Colección Banco Santander lends two magnificent ornamental ceramic Alcora vases. The Alcora Royal Factory was founded in 1727, following the example of other European manufactures. During the second period (1749-1786), it was very characteristic of them to richly decorate the vases with pebbles and organic elements. Marina Vargas takes as a starting points this flower, fruit and vegetables motifs to inspire her characteristic arabesques and ornamentations.
On the other hand, from Colección ABC, Marina has chosen a cover of Blanco y Negro magazine published in November 1930, illustrated by one of the few female artists at the time, Ángeles Torner Cervera. Better known as «a. t. c.», she began her career in publications such as Blanco y Negro magazine, ABC or Gente Menuda, and she also illustrated in Y: Revista para la Mujer or Vértice (where she was the Art Director). The main characters of the drawings are the King of Cups and his three counterparts, accompanied, in a jumbled composition, by horses and jacks. The Spanish Cards are, thus, connected to The Tarot of Marseille.