"Knitting, Women and Stories" Exhibition

“Knitting, Women and Stories” is a colourful abstract exhibition inspired by knitting, by the action of adding to that making, by those stories told to the next generation, by those women who invest their time on each line of that blanket. Every painting is named after a woman, that in some way is connected to at least one other piece named after another woman, like threaded together by invisible yarn. Remembering moments, places, events, times… Layers of work, layers of memories, accumulation of material exposed together.

The following paintings are on exhibition at The Incubator Gallery in Tauranga, New Zealand until 8th of May

"Uberlinda" 2020
Acrylic on canvas / 200x150cm
NZ$5400

Lali Ube, mother of my mother. Firm voice and loud laugh. Divorced businesswoman. She lost her own mother at the age of 5. She used to recite long poems and tell us detailed stories from her life. We played cards together for hours.

"Marta Dominguez" 2020
Acrylic on canvas / 150x120cm
NZ$3200

My mother, her pillow had the best smell in the world, capable of cooking the richest foods and cakes. She had to move in with Tia Ida when she was only 5 years old.

"Carmen Millares" 2021
Acrylic on canvas / 150x100cm
NZ$2400

She raised me, my second mother. On Wednesdays she smelled like cologne, and often chewed gum. It was her day off.

"Isabel Margarita" 2021
Acrylic on canvas / 92x71cm
NZ$1200

Lali Mari’s youngest child. My dad's sister. Free, relaxed, smiling. She wandered the world with friends, she studied philosophy.

"Tia Dina" 2021
Acrylic on canvas / 100x60cm
NZ$1250

The rich aunt, Lali Ube's sister. She loved traveling and used to take my mother on boat trips to the end of the world. I saw her only a few times in my life. She would keep asking the same questions again and again.

"Maria Mateo" 2021
Acrylic on canvas / 100x60cm
NZ$1450

Lali Mari. Mother of my father. Plump, joyful, affectionate and flirtatious. She taught me how to sew on a sewing machine. She used to look after us on Wednesdays when Carmen had her day off. She loved her house at the beach.

"Jacinta" 2021
Acrylic on canvas / 90x36cm
SOLD

My daughter. Wise, powerful, genuine. Blood of my Blood. She was born near wonderful beaches and in a world of another language. I tell her stories about my life, teach her to play cards, and cook her meals and cakes.

"Lorena Rebagliati" 2021
Acrylic on canvas / 90x36cm
NZ$750

My sister in law, Jacinta’s aunt. Mother of 4, in a faraway land.

"Soledad Cepeda" 2021
Acrylic on canvas / 90x36cm
NZ$750

My painting teacher. My mother and I learnt to paint in her home studio when I was a teenager. She lived on an island, surrounded by mountains.

"Tia Ida" 2020
Acrylic on canvas / 70x70cm
NZ$995

Lali Ube’s older sister, she assumed the role of her mother. She was missing a finger; she had cut it with a window. She was a primary school teacher and played the piano. She had a strawberry plantation in her backyard. She raised my mum during her childhood days.

"Rosita" 2020
Acrylic on canvas / 70x70cm
NZ$995

She worked at Tia Ida's house all her life. She used to take care of the strawberries and invited us to pick them. They accompanied each other until their final days.

"Alejandra Solar" 2020
Acrylic on canvas / 70x70cm
NZ$960

Cari, childhood friend. We created the witches club and erasers world. She was Tia Ida’s neighbour. They called her “the next-door old lady”, Tia Ida used to get very angry every time their pet monkey crossed the fence to destroy her strawberries.

"Rina Orezzoli" 2020
Acrylic on canvas / 70x70cm
SOLD

Cari's grandmother, Tia Ida's neighbour. She’d wear jeans every single day; her hair was completely gray. Independent. They said that she always carried a pistol to defend herself.

"Paulina Rau" 2021
Acrylic on canvas / 70x70cm
SOLD

Friend, we raised Jacinta and Antonia side by side drinking litres of coffee.

"Marcela Dumay" 2021
Acrylic on canvas / 70x70cm
NZ$995

My friend from youth. We talked and laughed for hours and hours.

"La Anita" 2020
Acrylic on canvas / 26x26cm
NZ$180

She smelled like celery. She would spend a whole day cooking corn “humitas” with Lali Ube.

"Tia de la Anita" 2020
Acrylic on canvas / 26x26cm
SOLD

Anita's aunt, she used to live across the road from our house. One night a car ran over her while she was inside her house.

"Andrea Muttoni" 2021
Acrylic on canvas / 26x26cm
SOLD

Primary school teacher. She wrote as if she had a permanent ruler under her handwriting. Her hair was very straight, Cari and I thought that she cut it with an axe.

"La Neli" 2021
Acrylic on canvas / 26x26cm
NZ$180

Dressmaker, she lived on Pomairito street, near my house. She was always laughing and had a cigarette wasting away in her ashtray. She could sew anything I asked her for. She made graduation dresses for me and Cari.

"Vicky" 2021
Acrylic on canvas / 26x26cm
NZ$200

My sister in law. My brother's wife, Elena and Clara's mother, friend, and colleague.

"La Nonna" 2021
Acrylic on canvas / 26x26cm
SOLD

Vicky's maternal grandmother. We used to go on holidays to her apartment at the beach. The three of us with Marcela. She used to dine only in restaurants to keep her kitchen tidy and clean.

"Clara" 2021
Acrylic on canvas / 20cm diameter
SOLD

My youngest niece, my brother’s daughter. She was born next to the Andes mountain, and has lived her entire life in a pandemic. She wears the knitted vests my mum posts her in the mail.