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Hulda Guzmán, Selfportrait, 2019, watercolor and acrylic gouache on cedar plywood, 39 × 24 1⁄8".

Hulda Guzmán, Selfportrait, 2019, watercolor and acrylic gouache on cedar plywood, 39 × 24 1⁄8".

Hulda Guzmán

DIO HORIA

In her exhibition “With the Mother,” the Dominican artist Hulda Guzmán conjured a liminal state between the supernatural and terrestrial in fifteen vivid paintings. Set in the stark new storefront space of Dio Horia—a gallery founded on the Greek island of Mykonos—the show, mainly of recent work, opened with a couple of earlier large-scale works, The Arch II (chibirica) and The Arch III (nairi), both 2013, which beckoned through the glass facade like portals into a psychedelic jungle, summoning Henri Rousseau on LSD.

Everyday life and the uncanny coalesced in a potent brand of magical surrealism that oscillated between Guzmán’s own private cosmos and a universal collective: the superficial warmth of the home, the sacred embrace of the Mother, and the alluring terror of everything else. Lurid demons confronted the bedridden artist in the painting Sickness as a wonderful part of it, 2019.

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