THE JOURNEY ITSELF IS THE HOME: THE ART OF LYDIA RUBIO

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Lydia Rubio was born in Havana, Cuba, and grew up there during the 1950’s. She has

strong memories of her grandmother, who was an artist, and has honored their relationship

in the painting, She Painted Landscapes, a dazzling trompe l’oeil work which undercuts its

myriad of illusionistic details with both dramatic shifts in scale and open-ended

juxtapositions. In She Painted Landscapes, Rubio combines fragments of ordinary reality

with the mysterious, often multiple narratives underlying one’s dreams, with the pull of

both memory and imagination. Everything jostles together. The viewer cannot say whether

the painting is of a dreamscape inhabited by fragments of memory and reality or a realist

depiction haunted by memory and fragments recalled from different dreams. Such is the

primal power of Rubio’s art; it calls the ordinary into question, as well as compels us to

examine our belief that our everyday life is stable enough to withstand change, and that the

earth we walk on is solid and dependable. Read the [FULL ARTICLE}