M. Jacinta Silva Armstrong is a Chilean artist who lives and works in London. She completed a MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art (London, 2020), and a BA in Art at the P. Universidad Católica de Chile (Santiago, 2012). Recent shows in London include Unit 1 Gallery/Workshop, Fold Gallery and RCA Hockney Gallery. Recent shows in Santiago include Sala de Arte CCU, Premio Arte Joven MAVI and Galería Bicentenario CCEM.
„My practice starts from the paradox of growing up in a seismic country, built on the latent possibility of destruction. I approach painting as a position from which to learn and analyse the geography surrounding me, now revisited from the experience of being away. I exercise this as an active slowness: an effort to actively unlearn a known territory and look for new ways of organising it, according to my own measures.
I make visual essays that result in paintings, drawings and hand-bound books. I am interested in fragments, folds, translucency and blurriness as mediums to create fragile narratives and atmospheres. These become a collection of exercises around an observation or wondering, to which an answer appears elusive and untranslatable into language.“