Portrait of Carolina Herrera
Portrait of Carolina Herrera
Portrait of Carolina Herrera
Portrait of Carolina Herrera

Portrait of Carolina Herrera
2003
By Valeria Cordero and Pilita Garcia

Concept:
We looked at the Venezuelan fashion designer Carolina Herrera as public personae and created a sculpture that is elegant as is her aesthetic legacy, and placed it elevated like “the idol”, the linking concept in L Factor, the exhibition for which it was commissioned.
We had observed how her image is sharply defined by her corporate identity, the polka dots. The portrait would come into being by isolating one polka dot.  The popular design is translated into its core element, the black circle, a graphic representation of a black sphere.
Detached from biography or intention, the sphere a hole inverted into solid physical form is loaded with meaning. It is conductor of other issues than the designer’s personae. It is after all a portrait but one that negates all identity.
It is reflective of the context in which it is placed as we too reflect our context as Latin American artists. Its revelation to us withstands for our times. Placed in a show about Latin American Idols, it becomes the presence of a silent witness, and it means mourning, for an entire continent that has been striped off its very name.

Valeria Cordero and Pilita Garcia  /  May2003

Portrait of Carolina Herrera

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