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    [Siempre he creído que hacer arte...] / Ariel Jiménez
    Book/pamphlet article – Interviews

Ariel Jiménez interviews the painter Patricia van Dalen, asking her about her training, her personal view of art and painting, and the various experiences that led her to develop her own particular visual art language. The Venezuelan artist talks about her training and her involvement in the project created by the Israeli artist Yaacov Agam—who in the 1950s was working on Kinetic art in Paris—about visual thinking and education. She also talks about her transition from design and drawing to color, and talks about her current exhibition at the Sala Mendoza. 


In 1993 the Venezuelan painter Patricia van Dalen (b. 1955) organized Primavera, her one-woman show at the Sala Mendoza, in Caracas. The show included two-dimensional pieces and an installation of real yellow flowers that accentuated the expressive potential of color and expanded her exploration of color in space. The painter’s abstract reflection on color was now joined to her reflection on nature. The event was part of the Sala Mendoza’s program to give artists the chance to talk about their work; in this case, the Venezuelan critic and curator Ariel Jiménez interviews van Dalen about her own particular view of “art” and her exploration and development in terms of media and genre. This document thus sheds light on van Dalen’s training and development as an artist, her various experiments in different media, and how those experiments contributed to her later work, in particular her experience in graphic design. The interview reveals her evolving use of color in the more precise disciplines (drawing, illustration, and design) and her use of it as an abstract and eminently expressive element in her later work. Another important stage in her career was her participation in Yaacov Agam’s program for visual education and the development of an alphabet of forms and images. This particular experience is key to an understanding of van Dalen’s body of work, despite the fact that she had long been interested in color and its possibilities. The document also discusses the origin of her collage series and her work in more spatial dimensions.

Rigel Garcia
Fundación Mercantil, Caracas, Venezuela
CINAP. Centro de Informacion Nacional de Artes Plásticas. Galería de Arte Nacional, Plaza Los Museos, Los Caobos, Caracas.