Alicia Creus’ The Velasquez series is inspired by Diego Velasquez’s “Las Meninas”(1656), in part reflecting her endeavor to define her relationship to a tradition dominated by men. Creus remade this iconic work by recreating it in fabric and thread and then by focusing her attention upon two of the most intriguing figures in it; the infanta and the Dwarf Maribárbola. In The Desires of Maribárbola, Alicia Creus uses the words of Argentine poet Alfonsina Storni to describe what she imagines to be Maribárbola’s unexpressed feelings for artist Velásquez: “Espíritu divino, que de mi nada sabes … No podrias tomarme en tus manos suaves, y decirme en voz baja, desdichada críature?” (“Divine spirit who knows nothing about me … Couldn’t you hold me in your soft hands, and whisper to me, unfortunate creature?”).
Born in La Plata, Argentina, Creus attended the Escuela Nacional Normal de San Fernando, Argentina, and Universidad de Buenos Aires, Argentina, she has also studied at The Art Student’s League, New York. Currently is teaching at the University of North Carolina at Greenbsboro, Creus’ works are in the permanent collections of the Bronx Museum of Art, New York City, Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, North Carolina, El Museo del Barrio, New York, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York