The Queen of Night, an assemblage made in the year 2023, presents a conjunction of signifying elements in my body of work that come from tasks traditionally defined as feminine, performed within the context of private life and expressed through laboring with threads, embroidery, fabrics, lace and other materials capable of being transformed into narratives of women, their context and their matriarchal power as producers of meaning and micro-stories. 

Carlos Bautista Biernnay 

The Queen of the Night, 2023 

Variable measurements 

Weaving, embroidery, aniline dyeing, needle felting and acrylics 

Women, secluded in the private realm, in the gyneceum, wove narratives and stories into the transformation of the materials within their reach for the protection of their own and others. The stories being full of wisdom and memory, it is not surprising that Athena was the goddess of spinners, of makers, of the safeguarding of the body, which transcends any reading of gender or patriarchy in the practicality of clothing. 

The Queen arises from the ambiguous vision of the clashes between nature and civilization, between matriarchy and patriarchy, or between mother and daughter. Mozart created an impeccable and harmonious Queen of the Night capable of altering emotions in the midst of the pugnacity among the characters surrounding her in the opera The Magic Flute.

Carlos Bautista Biernnay 

The Queen of the Night, 2023 

Variable measurements 

Weaving, embroidery, aniline dyeing, needle felting and acrylics 

Detail-right 

It is a woman conceived in the power of herself, of what she can create and manage, and who is expressed in my work The Queen of the Night not only as a metaphor, consolidated in the history of that name, but under it has been built the consciousness of a microhistory of her own, individual. The artistic, signifying fact is found in the assembly of fragments of diverse narrative parts, all of them achieved through weaving, embroidery, dyeing with anilines, needle felting and the use of acrylic with which I construct the fantasy world of the queen’s found visions.

Carlos Bautista Biernnay 

The Queen of the Night, 2023 

Variable measurements 

Weaving, embroidery, aniline dyeing, needle felting and acrylics 

Detail-left

All the stories and memories come together in her, because she, the queen, has been generated and worked upon out of the knowledge I inherited and learned in the home where I grew up, in the gyneceum, where no gender distinction was made at the moment of learning about textile work. That labor, which was not recreational, but a way of subsistence driven by a democratic and mnemonic learning that today constitutes my work’s archive, a fragmentary archive with a high combinatory possibility in its memories, where there are no hierarchies, and all realities complement each other in the pugnacity of their duality. 

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