[textile sketches]Maps of Uncharted Territory - Deviations
Linen, charcoal, cotton, bamboo, nylon
These cartographic fragments of linen, embroidered and sewn, are held together by what is basic for us humans: home. The black background is created using charcoal, a material that comes directly from the core of human settlements: fire.
The abstractions of forms, contrasts and lineages intersect with geometry, poetic symbolism and graphic composition.
[ BOWLS paper ]
[THE MOUNTAINS ON MY PATH]An intimate work, tracing, painting and sewing my personal story on paper. I imagine life as an infinite path, but ephemeral at the same time.
Living with the indigenous Puruwas in the highlands of Ecuador, I learned how they shaped their history, their environment and their space: through the mountains in the landscape. The tayta (father) Chimborazo as in love with the beautiful Tungurahua volcano, and many symbolic anthropomorphic representations. There was a world behind the mountain, quite unknown, where fantasy came to shape a range of possibilities.
Thus, the mountains represent a cultural narrative thread, but are also essential for the location of the person in the environment. Mountains become essential landmarks in the physical, spiritual, symbolic, and physical world.
In my drawings, a type of symbolic and guiding mountain also appears, a solid black form. It's about paths, lines and strokes, orientation points. My background as an anthropologist makes me like to intertwine artistic practice with a more anchored, anthropological theory. In this project I am inspired by the theories of anthropologist Tim Ingold, University of Aberdeen. His research on "the line" in all facets of human life allows a very enriching vision.
2020 onwards, mixed technique on paper
[ monotype, ink, drawing, photography ]
[ erosion | everything that goes by ]
Everything passes and everything changes.
The moment already belongs to history, impossible to reconstruct.
Elements that change places, a recomposition, vital.
It tells me what we are, and what we are not.
Of what exists when we observe.
The imprint is me.
A recording made on any given morning. A 20-minute video showing the subtle erosion of the surface.
2020, video installation
[ SECOND SKIN ]
Collaboration with Guillermo Basagoiti Brown, for "En Expansión" 2019, lenticular print.
My work transcends disciplines, oscillating between theory and practice and between the tactile and the symbolic.
Training as an anthropologist as well as that of a visual artist materialize in my works: highly manual, with a clear reference to crafts. The process of creating for me is a work of intimate research, looking for its external form. Experimenting with techniques that I don't know is the pathway to continue surprising myself and from there continue developing as an artist.
Integrating anthropological perspectives (or even methodologies) in my work makes my projects gain depth and contextual relevance.