• Pilgrimage. From the series Inner Territories. Labyrinth.
  • Artist: Silvina Soria  
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This Land Art work will be carried out within the framework of a Residency for artists organized by Enclave Land Art, in June 2018. From an open call, I was selected with my proposal of a labyrinth. The residency will consist of two weeks living in the Sant Joan hotel and working in the creation of my work.

Before starting!

Look for a small stone in the surrounding area, no larger than 5 cm (originally, the idea was to write a wish, stone against stone). On one of my visits to the labyrinth, I ran into some girls who were also visiting here, and they came up with the idea that instead of writing down the wish, we should tell them in secret. Loved the idea!

Now yes! Find a pebble, tell it your wish in secret and when you reach the centre of the labyrinth, you can place it inside the altar in the sun.

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 centre.

Pilgrimage. From the series Interior 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 the public.

'Pilgrimage' From the Inner Territories series, it consists of a walkable 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 an experience that is both aesthetic and playful 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 on our own path, and how much is imposed on us from outside.

Starting from 'The paths of Penyagolosa', which allows pilgrims to reach a place of worship and ceremony, this labyrinth alludes to the history that characterizes Penyagolosa and the Sanctuary of Saint John 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 way open so that each one can grant their own emotional value.

What is Land Art?

A work of Land Art is a form of art that is characterized by using the landscape and natural materials as means of expression. This movement emerged between the 1960s and 1970s, exploring the relationship between humans and nature and questioning the permanence of art. Instead of creating conventional works of art in studios or galleries, Land Art artists work with the natural environment, using elements such as stones, earth, water, wood, reeds and other materials found in nature to create installations or sculptures.

These works tend to be ephemeral because they are subject to natural elements and the passage of time. Nevertheless, we count on you to help us preserve it.

Thank you very much and I hope you enjoy it!


Did you know...?

Dry Stone, declared Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO, is a construction technique that consists of stacking stones without joining material. Dry stone walls are used to build houses, to delimit land, protect crops from the wind, control soil erosion and create agricultural terraces on sloping land.

In the Valencian Community they have a significant cultural and landscape value, contributing to the identity of the region.

About me.

(From Argentina, living in Valencia)

I am a sculptor and this place and this labyrinth mean a lot to me. When I was selected to participate in this residency, I had been living in London for 10 years and was already fantasizing about the idea of looking for another place to live. In those days of creation that I spent here, on my morning walks, among the trees and the singing of birds at dawn, I made the decision to move to Valencia.

My artistic training in Argentina is based on a strong tradition with a focus on technical skills where construction methods and materials are valued equally as conceptual exploration. The search to represent lightness and subtlety in sculpture has led me to work with different materials to reinterpret volume, space and textiles, infusing the environment with intricate spatial patterns. These patterns are not only visual, but also interact with the physical space, creating a three-dimensional experience for the viewer. Inspired by natural systems such as rhizomes, roots and maps, observations of urban life, industrial and underground structures, I build structures that evoke a hidden lattice matrix that unites our space. My interest in labyrinths, arising from my years in London, reflects the paradox of feeling seemingly trapped on a walkway and with social and cultural conditioning, and questions us about our freedom of movement. The themes of mapping, roots and connections are recurring in my work, influenced by my condition as a foreigner in my current city and, through my art, I explore the complexities of human existence and the relationship between humans and nature,

This piece of Land Art, a labyrinth, represents my continued exploration of sculpture, space and volume, fusing nature and creativity in a unique and immersive environment.

If you want to know more about my work, I invite you to visit my website https://www.silvinasoriadesign.com/es/

And if you want to contact me so we can work together on your own landscape, you can write to me at artsoriasilvina@gmail.com