Wednesday, March 2, 2011

ambiguous..."contradictory truths"

I mentioned the work of artist Gema Alava on Monday and wanted to delve a little deeper into her work and share more here. She has a wonderful sense of simplicity and minimalism while still keeping it playful.

Generally keeping her medium to pins or nails and thread on the wall with a little help from Mr. Shadow.

Her statement says:

Fragile and subtle materials allow us to enter calm but intense spaces. They represent the power of the minuscule, of the almost.

I am intrigued by how we react to the kinds of situations where we are faced with something that looks like it is about to fall. Do we just let it go and rebuild a new structure? Do we try to hold, maintain, balance what is mostly gone? It might involve indecision; we might just look at it wondering what we should do.

Shadows are important. If you are able to freeze a shadow you are capturing time. Peter Pan got in all that trouble because of his shadow.

I find it extraordinary how people respond in such different ways to the same situation. I've been using materials that allow me to work with this ambiguity, these contradictory truths. It is that difference of opinion that I find interesting, and so I always try to make sure that I leave space for interpretation.

Love her words and would love to see her work in person.

See more here.

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