PARC Artist Residency. Pangaea Sculptor's Centre. February 2018.
As part of the Artist Residency I spent 5 weeks in the middle of the mountains, in deep contact with nature and stunning landscapes covered with almond blossoms and olive trees. I usually work with underground landscapes inspired by industrial/ architectonical/ urban structures, but being in the countryside has led me to connect with the sky and it's mapping. To allow myself to contemplate a sky that we don't have in big cities because of the light pollution and also to explore with other materials. When I was invited to this residency I knew I didn't want to carry on working with what I was doing in London, but I decided to take the opportunity as a chance to think about my work and get inspiration from nature. All I planned beforehand was to search for a material taken from nature, that wouldn't provoke any alteration and then I found the canes. With this material, I got into the skills of peeling, interlacing, learning the resistance of it, making knots and continue working with the lines in the space.
Enclave Land Art. June 2018. Selected to participate in the Residency for Artists organized by Enclave Land Art.
My proposal consisted of building this labyrinth with stones approximately 15 meters in diameter. According to what the locals told me, between 5 and 6 tons of stones will make up this labyrinth with its small altar in the center.
Pilgrimage. From the series Inner Territories
The possibility of working in the Penyagolosa Natural Park inspired me to connect with nature in a ceremonial way and, at the same time, open a dialogue with the pagan, the religious and public.
'Pilgrimage' From the Inner Territories series, it consists of a passable stone labyrinth that extends around a central structure -an altar to the sun where wishes written in stone are placed-. The idea is to create both an aesthetic and playful experience that gives us the opportunity to think about our personal journeys, as a symbol of life itself and its obstacles, of how much we can decide our own path, and how much is imposed on us from outside.
Starting from 'Los caminos de Penyagolosa' that allows pilgrims to reach a place of worship and ceremony, this labyrinth alludes to the history that characterizes Penyagolosa and the San Juan Sanctuary from the religious aspect as well as the search and the inner force that moves all human beings.
A labyrinth is a universal and spiritual symbol that represents the path of purification in the search for the center of oneself and my labyrinth, as an eclectic and participatory intervention, leaves the path open so that each one can grant their own emotional value.