On the Chariot, Facing Backwards

Location: Metáfora Studio Arts, Barcelona
Year:  February 2023

On  the Chariot, Facing Backwards
is a multi medium installation created from rope, thread, second hand fabric, oil on canvas, rocks, concrete, sediment mixture, a palm leaf, a bronze hand, and found tile. Derived from a dream, the painting was created and later extended into a space of reflection.

Sediment as a reflection of the work, coming from the Latin word sedere meaning to sit or settle. Commonly depicted in geology a solid material that is moved and deposited in a new location. Sediment can consist of rocks and minerals, as well as the remains of plants and animals. It can be as small as a grain of sand or as large as a boulder.

Materials accumulated through random encounters, every piece is sourced sustainably and locally, fabric found in the street, objects from second-hand local markets, and concrete from regenerated construction in Barcelona. Rope dyed from my onion peels. On the chariot facing backwards considers a personal shift that extends into its location and the participation of the viewer.

If I put my hands on it 

and move it from there to here

a small piece of what once was 

falls into the house 

reduction nor external growth 

could define an opening 

into an extension that’s nonlinear

the material is remnant of a history

we live in, out, below, and on top of it

it makes a carpet of soil nothing new

only a complexification of what came before 

if we trace it back

it’s a redistribution for another beginning

stones and plants

a kitchen made of warm wood and morning light 

an ashtray dream

on the chariot facing backwards

trail by indentations 

partial in the journey of an object

as it is partial in mine

twine two pieces of cement

reach out then up

it is all buds, then bloom