The ghost floats, yet never runs
"The perils of keeping it real", 2011.
Bas-relief of polyurethane resin, pigments, graphite, imbedded in polyester resin.
36 x 30 x 3 cm. Edition of 3 + AP.
Three girls sit together tight, intertwined with each other. They look at us, each from her own gaze, and together, take a slight leap in their chairs.
Sadness is a vague matter, like the atmosphere that surrounds these girls. An atmosphere woven from a vaporous yet surprisingly solid material. As for the girls, we don't know what they are made of. Neither approaching to them or sticking our nose to the limit that separates us will reveal their riddle. But they are definitely there, that is a fact. They exist and they stare at us; perhaps even breathe; and —I know it is daring to say this, but why not— sometimes I believe I hear them speak.
The old persistence on capturing time seems resolved in a way as simple as the action of catching air in a jar. Whatever retains and keeps these girls together contains time and air as well; as much air and as much time as it can fit in such a small space: a breath of air, one- or two-minutes time and just three girls (not even one of them being complete).
Air, time and girls are rock-solid, but they move slightly. They are air, time and girls, but they are also something else, something that bears no name and has an arbitrary form —that of the box that used to contain them—. The box no longer exists. They —air, time and girls—are the ghost of the box; they are their own box.
This series of sculptures is based on archival images and reconstructs the images in the technique called bas-relief, perhaps the most ambiguous of sculptural techniques, because it takes shape at the boundary between two-dimensional and three-dimensional.
Like photography, these bas-reliefs can only be observed from the front, it is not possible to turn around as we would do in front of a 3D piece.
With the exception of one work, this strange combination between image and object also appears fragmented and framed in a rectangular format, like that of a photographic image, a camera lens or a screen. They are bodies imprisoned in a temporal loop thicker than that of a snapshot, closer to the time required to capture an image at the dawn of photography.
The materials used in this series are:
polyurethane resin, polyester resin, polymeric clay, graphite, graphite, polyester resin, polymeric clay, graphite, wood, led light, arduino.