Ponce, PR, 1956
Ponce, PR, 1956
Printmaker, filmmaker and illustrator. Obtained a Bachelor's degree in Art with a concentration in Printmaking from Escuela de Artes Plasticas in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Afterwards, she finished a Master's degree in Art from the Massachusetts College of Art. Throughout her long career she has received several grants and awards of which, the Rockefeller Foundation Grant in 1992 and in 2008 a Grant from the Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Department in California, stand out. Her work has been exhibited both individually and collectively in biennials, fairs and galleries in the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico and Europe. She is a founding member of Los de Abajo Printmaking Collective, an artist’s collective that has exhibited internationally. Her work combines Expressionism and Symbolism, Realism and Fantasy to create images that converge to generate a discourse on the human condition.
My goal as an artist is to create suggestive and expressive works that go beyond mere surface and content and take me into the realm of the uncharted. I feel I'm most successful when the work reveals new possibilities I had not anticipated.
I usually attack the chosen surface - wood, linoleum, copper sheets, canvas or paper- directly. For me the process is as important as the end result and I like the freedom and risk involved in letting go.
My prints, paintings and mixed media works explore two predominant tendencies that sometimes coalesce and sometimes manifest themselves separately: my interest in expressing social, political and environmental concerns and a more introspective and primal desire to explore my personal visions.
Tree-like and organic forms often populate my more personal works. Trees have a deep significance for me. They are symbols of our need to be rooted and safe but also of our desire to transcend our limitations and branch out into the cosmos.
Printmaking is my favorite medium because it allows for endless experimentation and configurations. It is also the utmost democratic art form.
I often print variations using the same plate. This method allows for wonderful explorations and learning experiences that enrich and expand my range as an artist.
Currently, I'm creating works where I combine printmaking and encaustic on Japanese paper. A wondrous translucence is achieved by applying wax to the print. This technique can also be adapted to create sculptured paper forms. I'm only beginning to explore the possibilities this new method offers.
"Big As Life, An American History of 8mm Films”, The Museum of Modern Art, Nueva York, Estados Unidos, 1999.
“Caras Vemos, Corazones No Sabemos/Faces Seen, Hearts Unknown – The Human Ldscape of Mexican Migration”, Snite Museum, University of Notre Dame, Indiana, Estados Unidos, 2006.
“El Portafolio en la Gráfica Puertorriqueña”, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1995.
“Ex-Libris, El Libro Como Propuesta Estética”, Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1994.
“Film/Video Multimedia Update”, The Rockefeller Foundation, Estados Unidos, 2001.
“Rewind…Rewind… Video Arte Puertorriqueño”, Antiguo Arsenal de la Marina Española, Instituto de Cultura Puertorriqueña, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2006.
Autocontemplación – Autoretratos en Pintura (Self-Portraits in Painting), Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 2006.
“El Grabado en Puerto Rico”, Museo de Historia, Antropología y Arte, Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1999.
“Images, centerfold spread”, The San Juan Star (San Juan, PR), 1991.
“Marichal expone sus retablos”, Diálogo (San Juan, PR), 1997.
“Poli Marichal returns to show her past”, The San Juan Star (San Juan, PR), 1993.
“Poli y sus cosmogonías”, El Nuevo Día (San Juan, PR), 1997.