Chilean artist Roxana Werner paints emotionally rife portraits of history and culture in powerfully nostalgic hues. She conveys an antiquated sentiment as powerfully in her choice of subjects as her artistic method. Allowing paint to drip down a canvas as if damaged by age, using faded sepia tones, and gently allowing her subjects and lines to disappear into the distance, Werner blurs the sense of time in her poignant scenes. Further, utilizing oil paints and mixed media, the artist is able to master remarkable textures that are essential to the character of the pieces, presenting subjects that appear both lost to time and immediately tangible. In this way, her scenes present worlds simultaneously current and past.
Werner has traveled widely in pursuit of her creative work, exposing herself to remote and desolate areas such as the Atacama Desert and abandoned Nitrate towns of Chile, and thriving cities such as Valparaiso and Morocco. She experiences in situ those geographical and ethnographic spaces that she portrays in her painting, exploring the artifacts and languages of culture and the human experience.