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Ana González Barragán (b. Mexico City, 1989) is a conceptual artist, sculptor, and researcher focused on the histories—cultural, geological, and political—of different stones and minerals. Working in obsidian, marble, and other materials with long aesthetic traditions, Gonzalez creates sculptural objects and installations that explore and amplify the metaphoric potential of geologic bodies, paying careful attention to their own complex geologic histories, detectable in veins, cracks, and gradations of tone. Formal experimentations include assemblage with disregarded stones, drill bits, pipes, ceramics, and mine-recovered objects used in provocative combinations.  At the same time, Gonzalez uses time-based media and oral history-taking to document the extractive (and often violent and exploitative) processes long associated with these materials, from the gender politics and labor practices of mining to the ecological impacts of mining processes. This extensive research and documentation is conducted on-site, in locations that include Sierra de las Navajas, Mexico, and Marble, Colorado, through relationships built with both mine workers and managers as well as impacted local communities.

Her goal: a more resonant understanding of our relationship with our planet with its very disparate sense of scale and temporality and an awareness of the narratives, both natural and cultural, embedded in these ancient materials.