María Aparicio Puentes is a Chilean mixed media artist who hand-stitches over images by various photographers to create beautiful hybrid pieces. She works closely with the existing structure of the photographs, overlaying natural forms with geometric shapes and injecting bursts of color into monochromatic backgrounds. Her intricate sewn-on patterns draw attention to non-existing or previously undetectable relationships between the subjects in interesting and unexpected ways. In the “Creative Process” section of her website Puentes explains why she often chooses black and white photographs to work with, stating; ” I like to intervene on images in black and white. I think that is a more “neutral” base where I can work and where the relations that I seek to emphasize can be highlighted in a better way”.
Puentes is currently working on a related project with fellow artist Claudio A. Troncoso Rojas titled “time of the thieves”. The concept behind the blog is that Rojas and Puentes select an image that they like or find intriguing. Then, they post the image to their site and do a little investigating to find out how and why the image came to be – either by interviewing the artist on the site, or locating the image in context and presenting it to the reader is the original artist’s series. The blog houses countless interviews with incredible artists from around the world. I love this concept – especially now, in the age of Pinterest and Tumblr, when we often only see glimpses of an artist’s work.