The tension between objects and images is central to Lombardía’s artistic practice. To create Diamonds, the artist has drawn from her extensive photographic archive, sorting through thousands of images. As a conceptual artist interested in photography, Lombardía often relies on inkjet printers and other mechanical reproduction technologies that disguise the artist’s hand. In these two-dimensional collage works with physical depth, Lombardía combines multiple overlapping images on different types of paper, emphasizing her interest in materiality and the artist’s hand.
With this series, Lombardía references Chronos, the Greek god of time, and artist Félix González-Torres, who died in 1996 at the age of 36 from complications related to AIDS. González-Torres is renowned for his minimal installations and sculptures in which he used objects such as strings of lightbulbs, clocks, stacks of paper, and packaged hard candies to grapple with existential ideas of time, love, and death. In Lombardía’s works, the square frame is rotated off its 90-degree axis to form a diamond, a subtle shift implying motion. Rather than conclusions, Lombardía’s Diamonds are origin points from which to consider weighty issues of how we understand time and experience space.
Curator, SCAD Musuem of Art
Foam, glue and photographic paper
SCAD Musuem of Art
Savannah, GA, USA, 2021
Photo Credits: SCAD Musuem of Art