Mery Godigna Collet

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Mery Beatriz Antonieta Godigna Collett (b. April 8, 1959 in Caracas, Venezuela) is a Venezuelan artist, writer, humanitarian and environmental advocate. She lives in Austin, Texas.

Early life[change | change source]

The Godigna Collet family from Venezuela to Europe when she was 3 years old. She spent her childhood and adolescence in Spain, France and Italy. Godigna Collet returned to Caracas to study art, design and architecture. She got a bachelor's degree in architecture in 1987 from Universidad Central de Venezuela.

In the early 1970s, she had returned to live in Madrid, Spain. She attended the Real Academia de Bellas Artes de San Fernando as an unregistered student. This was because of her young age. While there, she learned that art could be used to communicate and promote causes.

Life as an Artist[change | change source]

Since the start of her career, Godigna Collet tried to find a balance between people and environment. She found it through social and political issues. Her art work uses many different types of materials. This is seen in her paintings, sculptures, photography and video. Her work challenged the viewers through the use of new techniques and lesser known materials. She is also a minimalistic conceptualist. Her use of materials and techniques shows that concepts translate through matter.[1][2][3][4]

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Environmental works[change | change source]

Her work is based in promoting a conscious use of natural resources and technology. Since 2007, for her exhibitions, she used to discuss with her panels. It was usually just before the show. It brings together the community and experts in diverse fields as well as workshops. It promotes ecological awareness.[5][6] During interviews on radio, television or magazines, she makes a call for reflection over environmental issues.[7][8] In the year 2012, her work was selected to be displayed. It was selected to be the image of a meeting about issues of dependence on oil as an energy source and on the human rights consequences of that reliance. The meeting was held at the University of Texas at Austin. It was organized by the Center for Global Energy, International Arbitration, and Environmental Law and the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice.[9][10] In the year 2016, her artwork "Let's Talk Volume" was selected by the City of Austin, Texas. It was through the program of Art in Public Places. It was installed for the occasion of celebrating International Environment Day.

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Life as a humanitarian[change | change source]

Collet uses her art and its visual power to provoke thought. She supports several causes related to human rights. From Venezuela, Miami, Italy and Texas, she had shown her work to raise funds to promote support for women and children victims of violence, residencies for artists in need, victims of AIDS and indigenous populations.

In 2007, she traveled through the Venezuelan Amazon. She was collecting several legends from indigenous cultural lore. These are usually told to the next generation.

Ensuring their documentation and preservation, she has held exhibitions about the subject in Venezuela, Italy, France and the United States. She has preserved them at the archives of the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection at the University of Texas at Austin. She gives free lectures about the subject.[11][12][13]

Life as a Writer[change | change source]

Mery Godigna Collet has published in limited edition. She has published in Spanish two books; "Nightly Exercises Notebook" (1995) and "Made with Fiber" (2003). She has also published three art research studies, "Matter, Time, and Space" (1997), "Metallic Light" (2006), "Extra Virgin Petrus Oil", 2008.

She was connected with Le Club monthly magazine in Caracas, Venezuela. La Gazette du Jeudi is a weekly publication in Paris, France. She currently contributes to Viceversa magazine in New York.[14]

Career[change | change source]

Mery Godigna Collet has participated in 26 solo and 36 group exhibitions in Venezuela, Colombia, Mexico, Spain, Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, New York, Miami, New Mexico and Texas.

In 1985 and 1986, she was an assistant professor in Design 07 and Taller Ventrillon (hand free drawing) at Universidad Central.

In 1990, she founded the Utilitarian Art Firm Neo-Arkhos. She served as Director until 1994 promoting contemporary designers. From 2007 to 2009, she served as Director for Fundaya Foundation a nonprofit organization. Its goal was to help indigenous populations in Venezuela. 2014 is part of the Board of International Woman's Foundation based in Marfa, Texas. It provides homes for artists and promotes their work.

In 2014, she co-founded the "Crosswalk Project" to improve pedestrian and handicap safety for the urban environment.[15] She has given several art lectures and workshops in Venezuela, Texas and Italy. She is a member of the Accademia di Arte di la Citta di Ferrara, Italy and of Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin Texas.

Solo exhibitions[change | change source]

Museum collections[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "International Woman's Foundation " Mery Godigna Collet – The Presence of Emptiness".
  2. "Artist Mery Godigna Collet at Building 98".
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Mery Godigna Collet - Mari metallici - Castello della Rocca - Dettaglio mostra". Archived from the original on 2016-06-30. Retrieved 2022-05-02.
  4. "THE magazine June 2015".
  6. "Texas Tech University :: TechAnnounce".
  7. TheMaddogproductions (September 15, 2009). "Mery Godigna Collet entrevista en 3 para las 9" – via YouTube.
  8. "Radio Nova Internacional - Miami - Fracking, energía, petróleo y arte". Archived from the original on 2017-05-10. Retrieved 2022-05-02.
  9. "Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice – Human Rights and the Arts". Archived from the original on September 6, 2015.
  10. "Property Rights and the Human Rights Agenda " Home".
  11. "UT's Benson Latin American Collection: Mery Godigna Collet's El Dorado".
  12. "El Dorado with gallery talk by artist Mery Godigna Collet".[permanent dead link]
  13. "Mery Godigna – EL-DORADO, sette leggende, sette popoli dell'Amazzonia".
  14. "Mery Godigna Collet, artículos en ViceVersa".
  16. "Mery Godigna Collet - Galleria del Carbone - Dettaglio mostra". Archived from the original on 2016-06-29. Retrieved 2022-05-02.
  17. "Mery Godigna Collet art".[permanent dead link]
  18. "Remembering B Rapoport (1917-2012)" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on September 15, 2015. Retrieved 2022-05-02.
  19. "Meetings Permanent Seminar in Latin American Art". Archived from the original on 2021-05-10. Retrieved 2022-05-02.
  20. "Past LHUCA Exhibits".
  21. TheMaddogproductions (April 6, 2016). "Petro Poems Mery Godigna Collet Macc 2016 inst" – via YouTube.

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