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Hearts and Bones

Selected work by Mandy Cano Villalobos


Thinking back to the season before

Looking back through the cracks in the door

Two people were married

The act was outrageous

The bride was contagious

She burned like a bride


-Paul Simon, “Hearts and Bones" 

The fragility of time and place marks our age. Life’s busyness rarely affords us the occasion to process our shifting traditions and fluctuating identities. Having grown up in a migrant family, Cano's life is a vague accumulation of disparate locations and second-hand familial narratives. This fractured sense of memory informs her work.


Cano often employs a repetitious process that reflects the meditative possibilities of physical labor. Drawings utilize recurring marks that obscure the boundaries of image-as-object and image-as-action. Her projects mingle mythic accounts, forgotten narratives, and song lyrics, to affirm tenuous understandings of the past, and envisage the passing of the present. It is with the hope that if she perseveres in the mundane rites of the everyday, she will be able to occupy the liminal space that is life.

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