The HOPE project consists in creating a series of photography works printed on canvas, chopped and arranged over metal bedsteads. Measurements vary proportionally to the bedsteads: king-size bedsteads 135 x 180 cm and single bedsteads 90 x 180 cm.
After printing the photograph on canvas, I slice the image and work on its cuttings, filling them with padding and sewing them into small cushions. I finally reconstruct the image by sticking each fragment to the bedstead’s squares using metal brackets.
The images are the works of a range of painting masters: Jan Vermeer (Girl with a pearl earring, 1665), Leonardo Da Vinci (Portrait of Mona Lisa, 1513), Peter Paul Rubens (Portait of a young woman with a rosary, 1609-1610), Domenico Ghirlandaio (Portrait of Giovanna degli Albizzi Tornabuoni, 1489-1490), Antonio del Pallaiuolo (Portrait of a young woman, 1465), Roger van der Weyden (Portrait of a lady with coping, 1435), John Singer Sargent (Portrait of madame X, 1884), Edward Hopper (Hotel room 1931), among others.
With a certain formal inheritance of minimalism and intellectuals of conceptual art, I use images of the history of art that are steeped in memories and the spectator’s gaze, solidifying etheric surfaces in order to register and perpetuate the beauty of detail.
HOPE revives the engrained memories of paintings from yesteryear, highlighting the environment they left behind and therefore raising the issue of correlations between individuals.
It also reflects on the fleeting essence of mankind, the materiality of the body and the permanence of the spirit –I gather the experiences hidden in a mattress and all the feelings contained therein during our own lifetime.
In a constant dialogue between my work and the spectator, I discover the experience of everyday objects and hence invite the visitor to discover their hidden feelings by reinterpreting the concept of emptiness –confronting what’s public and private, what’s solid and ephemeral, a copy with its original – and so extract the mystery of beauty and embody the invisible.
HOPE describes a kind of perfectly organized cell, at first glance beautiful, in which we chose to act within the choices we have made in life. The tracing of our own evolutionary process as true human beings. We are not always fully aware –indeed, we often make choices half asleep; whether we remember them or have forgotten them entirely.
HOPE strives to put forward my own aspiration that this evolutionary process is as painless as possible –and make it more beautiful, self-aware and straightforward.
2016 Second Prize XI Certamen de Instalaciones Mujer, Centro de Humanidades Sierra Norte