Carmen Mardonez is a Chilean textile artist currently living in Los Angeles. She transforms discarded bed sheets, pillow covers, and pillows through her labor-intensive freestyle embroidery to create provocative fabric sculptures and installations. Mardonez seeks to radically reimagine intimate spaces of memories, dreams, and discovery within the soft, manipulated pillow forms and suspended and hung bed sheets.
Through the making of her fabric sculptures, Mardonez connects to the intimate spaces within her psyche that store memories of exploration and discovery as well as suffering. The artist intends the textile sculptures to “embody the materialized repression of women.” The works create a space “to hold women’s wildest dreams, utopias of liberation, and sisterhood.”