La concepción [The Conception]
203.2 cm x 96.5 cm x 137.2 cm (80 in. x 38 in. x 54 in.)
(La Habana, Cuba, 1947 – )
Latin America, Cuban
Medium and Support:
Wood and mixed media
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Ricardo Pau-Llosa, 1985
María Brito creates sculpture and installation works that often relate to her personal identity as a Cuban-American as well as relate to the viewer’s own identity. She merges architectural forms with dream-like imagery creating psychological situations for the viewer to ponder. Utilizing familiar objects, forms, and spaces draw the viewer into the piece in order to identify and relate emotionally to her work. In La concepcíon [The Conception] (1983), Brito creates an architectural installation/sculpture similar to a small room or corner of a room. The simplistic forms and objects she uses, such as a white table, a shelf with jars, and a small mirror, are generic enough for several viewers to relate. However, they are juxtaposed with specifically and accompanied with a mannequin head and other small objects in order to create the catalyst of a specific memory or emotion. Brito uses her art as a means of communication with her viewers by creating a dialogue between the individual and the work.