Space 204 (Vanderbilt University) / 1204 25th Avenue S. March 6, 2023 - March 23, 2023

Vanessa Mayoraz

The Vanderbilt University Department of Art welcomes artist Vanessa Mayoraz and her new exhibition, Chronicle of Actions to Space 204. This exhibition will open on March 6 and close on March 23. A closing reception is scheduled for March 23 from 3pm to 5pm.

Chronicle of Actions highlights the complex relationship between humans and the world around us. The artworks challenge the notion, at the premises of human evolution: that what is natural, to be valuable, must be tamed and controlled. Often depicted as the result of a battle won over chaos, Human success is showing its limitation. More and more, the ripples from decisions made centuries earlier are affecting our today and tomorrow. Mayoraz reflects on her interactions with society and nature through various mediums and artworks. Her encompassing examination considers the limitation of human decision-making in the face of the inherent complexity of the natural system. She incorporates live plants in her sculpture to signify how the natural world isn’t a passive backdrop to human activity but a dynamic system that is impossible to fully anticipated and control.

Mayoraz’s study of personal experiences and more significant ecological struggles invites viewers to reflect on their connection and interplay with the world around them. Ultimately, the show encourages us to consider more humble ways to look at the world and interact with its complexity rather than try to regulate it.