This fabric composition joins together an array of patterns and striking colors to fashion bodily forms. This work explores both cultural hybridity and pride, as well as the competing desires to assimilate and to be seen. The artist was born in Milan, Italy to Colombian and Peruvian parents, later relocating to Texas as a teenager; drawing from these experiences, Capron's work recognizes the challenges of toggling between various cultures and geographies. The artist's multilayered textile works emphasize that each person consists of several identities—some repressed and some exalted.
Capron’s practice explores how clothing is used as a marker of class, gender and cultural identity. For her work, the artist privileges off-cut fabrics—centering materials that have been cut and rejected as excess. This choice in materials becomes a metaphor for highlighting objects undervalued by society. Capron contrasts common fibers like cotton with more luxurious ones like silk—thereby addressing material hierarchies in art and fashion that parallel the power dynamics within class and gender. Capron's work examines the friction of mistranslations, for example of failing to “dress the part” or having one’s pride in self-expression overcast by exoticization.
Loose hanging strings are intentional, and used to mimic dripping paint or hair.
Maria A. Guzmán Capron’s work combines hand-sewn textiles and paints to fashion bodily forms in an array of patterns and striking colors. The artist’s work addresses material hierarchies in art and fashion—parallel to the power dynamics within class and gender—by contrasting common fibers like cotton with more luxurious ones like silk. Drawing on her own experience of toggling between various cultures and geographies, Capron’s work explores cultural hybridity, pride and the competing desires to assimilate and be seen.