Bye London/Hello Santiago

Bye London/Hello Santiago

The Chacana or Southern Cross is a symbol of the native cultures of the Andes. Its shape is square, it has 12 points and according to the Andean cosmovision, the ladder shape symbolizes the union between two opposites, earth and cosmos, the human and the superior, masculine and feminine. Taking the cross and the concept of duality as a reference, I make a new rectangular version, from two dissonant materials such as cement and sponge, which are opposed from their physical characteristics: rigid/flexible, heavy/light.

The cement acts as a pigment to draw on the sponges abstract and geometric designs that refer to aesthetics taken from patterns used in the making of Aimara and Mapuche looms present in the work Esponjas Cósmicas / Chao Londres, on the other hand in the work Tejido Abrasivo, Hola Santiago, I mix Art Deco aesthetics and patterns present in pre-Columbian looms with the aim of generating a framework of multiple readings around possible combinations, that move between opposites: ancestral life v/s contemporary, material v/s spiritual.

The titles of both works, Chao Londres and Hola Santiago, are related to my biography and place of execution of the works.

 

COSMIC SPONGES/BYE BYE LONDON

Abrasive sponges, cement and garden wire
117 x 76 cms.
2019

 

ABRASIVE SPONGES_HELLO SANTIAGO

Abrasive sponges, cement and garden wire
108 x 88 cms.
2019