Nadia Hernandez has Venezuela in her bones, and though the artist now lives in Sydney, her homeland is still an intrinsic part of her creative practice. Her recent solo exhibition 100% Certain at Sydney’s Mild Manners gallery was a celebration of the idiosyncrasies of Venezuelan culture; her work can be seen as both a commentary on social change and a series of visual love letters to a land now far away.
The Venzuelan folklore of Hernandez’s Merida childhood shines through in this collection — a reaction to the current political situation in the country which, according to the artist, has seen the traditional beliefs misappropriated and manipulated by those in power. Change, rebirth and union are the three themes explored in 100% Certain, and the works can be divided into three types. Perhaps the most accessible are those that combine text and imagery. These bold paper cut-out works employ a vibrant, almost fluorescent symbolism to deliver their message, in sharp contrast to the more intricate monochrome ink works. A third type sees Hernandez call on her design skills, using acrylic and beeswax on pine to convey her sentiments in more sculptural form.