“We can inhabit the same world, and, at the same time, be worlds apart”
Connection and re-imagining fixed stories sit at the forefront of Guadalajara artist Cynthia Gutiérrez’ practice. In her works on view in La casa que nos inventamos, No pertenecemos a la misma Tierra I-III (which translates to We Don’t Belong to the Same Earth), a reminder and a warning are wrapped up in the vintage, artisan water vessels that sit on the floor.
“When I visit the workshop of an artisan, I perceive time is running in a different way, and the connection with the material with the earth itself, I think it gives them a different perspective of how to inhabit earth, our world,” Gutiérrez says. “I think we are a different pace, we are running towards collapse, and it’s important to turn to these other ways of relating to the world.”
The specific vessels used in Gutiérrez’ work are made from Mexico-based artisans, who utilize a specific clay that is rapidly becoming hard to come by as cement and pavement further spread through cities. By taking these handmade pieces and placing them at the base of a pedestal, the platform which typically holds a sculpture on view, Gutiérrez shifts the focus of her work from observation to one of contemplation.
“I’ve been trying to move the sculpture from the pedestal or fixed and heavy objects, to move them to break them in a way,” Gutiérrez says. “There was always tension between very fixed and heavy official history and other stories that are more subtle or other materials. So there’s a certain lightness or subtleness in my works that contrasts — not only materially but conceptually.”
Over the run of the exhibition, we’ll unveil new conversations about La casa, Guadalajara and cultivating creative communities. See an interview with Gutiérrez below, Claudia Cisneros here, curator Viviana Kuri here and artist talks held opening weekend here. Or visit our entire La casa playlist on YouTube.
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