The experimental nature of Gego’s Teaching and Art practice
Dr Natalia Sassu Suarez Ferri is a Lecturer (Education Focused) at the University of St Andrews (Scotland, UK). Her academic research focuses on Kinetic and Op art, and specifically the work of the Franco-Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez (1923-2019); transnational links between Latin America and Europe; colour theory; and the emergence of abstraction. At St Andrews, she teaches two self-constructed, research-led modules: ‘Latin American Modernisms’ and ‘Postmodernism and Contemporary Art in Latin America’. Her research has been published in the University of Granada’s volume El artista y el dolor: el sufrimiento como límite de la representación artística contemporánea (2017), and in Tate Papers, ‘Carlos Cruz-Diez’s Physichromies between Centre and Periphery’ (2019, https://www.tate.org.uk/research/publications/tate-papers/32/carlos-cruz-diez-physichromies). This conference’s focus on transmission and gender and on women artists as teachers was a great opportunity to explore a different aspect of Venezuelan modernism. Gego’s work provides both important parallels and counterarguments to the messages of Kineticism, and has allowed for new directions in her research.
Thanks to Natalia Sassu Suarez Ferri for this information.