Queen's University


at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.



at Herstmonceux Castle, U.K.

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Ruth Cereceda

Qualifications and Research Interests

  • PhD in History of Art (Cum Laude, International Award), University of Oviedo, Spain.

  • MPhill in History of Art, University of Cantabria, Spain.

  • BA (Hons) in History and Geography (mayor in History of Art), University of Oviedo, Spain

Dr. Cereceda’s field of interest includes visual arts and literature of the Hispanic world in the contemporary period -cultural exchanges within the Atlantic arch, post-war proposals, conceptual art, visual poetry, travel literature and landscape representation-, with a particular focus on the binaries of memory and perception, travel and exile, alienation and estrangement.

Her main research line currently focuses on pictorial recreations and reinterpretations of cultural heritage and on processes of reconstruction of the past through memory and perception, undertaken by Spanish visual artists from Atlantic maritime backgrounds. The relationships established between some of the most avant-garde artistic proposals and popular -even kitsch- elements of these seafaring cultures, and the role that memories of the sea and sailing boats, of the coastline and lighthouses, play in conforming the artistic imaginary of these creators, characterize the work she is developing at present.

This is part of a project shared by a number of Spanish and Latin American Governmental and Higher Education institutions aiming to recuperate artistic and cultural Hispanic heritage, such as the Centre for the Arts Cabo Mayor Lighthouse, in Spain. Her research has allowed her to establish collaborations with the University of Cantabria and the University of Oviedo, both in Spain.

Selected Publications

“The creation of Eduardo Sanz’s catalogue raisonné: 1928-2013”, Liño Revista de Historia del Arte, University of Oviedo, Spain, Num. 22, 2016 (upcoming).

“Eduardo Sanz o la memoria del mar: el exilio como reinterpretación del patrimonio cultural de las comunidades marineras del norte de España” (Eduardo Sanz or the memory of the sea: Exile as a reinterpretation of Northern Spain’s maritime cultural heritage), IV Coloquio Internacional de Doctorandos del CES “Coimbra C: Dialogar com os Tempos e os Lugares do(s) Mundo(s), University of Coimbra, Portugal, 6-7 Dec. 2013 (Conference paper, publised on line).

“Un marinero en tierra: Análisis de la cultura marinera del norte de España en la obra y la persona del pintor Eduardo Sanz Fraile” (A seafarer inland: Analysis of Northern Spain’s maritime culture in the work of painter Eduardo Sanz), Hispanic Studies Postgraduate Conference of Ireland and the UK, University of Galway, Ireland, 28-29 Jun. 2013 (Conference paper).

“El paisaje del faro como referencia literaria en la pintura de Eduardo Sanz: Virginia Woolf, Joseph Conrad y Julio Verne”, (The landscape of the lighthouse as a literary reference in Eduardo Sanz’s paintings: Virginia Woolf, Joseph Conrad and Julio Verne), III Congreso Internacional Escrituras Silenciadas: el paisaje como historiografía, University of Alcalá de Henares, Spain, 24-27 Jan. 2012, pp. 547-555 (Conference paper, published).

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