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Opening Doors Spring 2022 - Lands, Real and Imagined: Women Artists Respond to the Art and Travel Writings of Maria Graham (1785 - 1842)

A look at how women "see' the world, featuring contemporary artists and female-authored travel narratives from the 19th century to the present. This material also relates to ENGL 2232 (Spring 2022)

Isabel Cauas - Featured Artist

Isabel Cauas art

“Since the beginning, my artwork has been related to the landscape, (with) the tree the main character. I build my images from small domains or fragmented shown micro worlds, these cuts take forms as windows where looking inside or from my interior is possible. Usually I use a monochrome palette. Many times these desolated landscapes are unfinished to invite the spectator to complete and wander them. Isabel Cauas was born in Santiago, Chile, in 1966, also this is where she lives and work. She works predominantly in the medium of printmaking, but also in drawing, painting and metalsmith.

From her webpage.



Responding to Maria Graham

Five female artists in each of the countries Maria Graham wrote about discuss her work and raise questions about travel, colonialism, understanding the land, and the female gaze.

Cauas' Working Bibliography

This list represents the works consulted by Isabel Cauas as she developed her art in response to Maria Graham.

  • Maria Graham, Diario de mi Residencia en Chile. Editorial Francisco de Aguirre, S.A. Santiago, Chile, 1972. 
  • Journal of a Residence in Chile During the year 1822 and a Voyage from Chile to Brazil in 1823 By Maria Graham. London: Printed for Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green, 1824. (Online)