Ángeles Agrela was born in Úbeda, Spain, in 1966. She has resided in Naples, La Habana, and Berlin, and she currently lives and works in Granada, Spain. Her recent works seek to reconceptualize the role of women within the History of Art by creating a contemporary representative view. Following this theme, the key feature of her drawings becomes the hair, which has important cultural and historical connotations within the representation of the feminine. She uses the symbolic charge and communicatory capacity of hair to create an exaggerated ‘mass’ that oftentimes substitutes the face or hides it completely, as a playful way to attract our attention away from the face and towards the rest of what we chose to represent our image. Together with the hair, the use of colour, patterns, and fashion play a role in her discourse of ‘identity’. Agrela presents a beautiful and somewhat ironic reflection on how women have been represented throughout the History of Art.

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