Espacios coloridos de transformación / Colorful places for transformation

 

Thesis project was first presented on august 2016 and a second time in an exhibition called “Poéticas de lo cotidiano” (Poetics of everyday life).

This work started in 2010 in a serendipitous way. While tidying up my closet I had the feeling that there was something alive inside my wool sweaters and I started to shake them over a white cardboard. I found a few little tiny oval shapes, which I looked on a microscope. To my surprise, they were chrysalides made by webbing moth caterpillars from the wool of my sweaters. Each cocoon was from a different color that matched the one on the sweaters. After this discovery I started to collect the used chrysalides from the little webbing moths whenever they appeared in my house.

I was not interested in altering the living cycle of the moths: I just collected the cocoons that had gone through metamorphosis stage and were now empty.

The installation consists of 10 macro photographs of webbing moths chrysalides 22 x 33 cm, 3 tables 20 x 20 x 110 cm, 3 glass bells over each table and one real chrysalis of webbing moth with a magnifying glass disposed inside each glass bell with a data sheet that combines artistic and biological information. One poem accompanying one of the photos separated from the other nine.
Poem translated from Spanish:

Sleeping bags

knits where a transformation occurs

from the terrestrial to the winged…

The work is widely inspired by the natural history exhibitions and tries to combine both languages: biological and artistic. These can be seen especially in the use of the glass bells and in the data sheets, which shows information like day and place of collection, scientific and common name next to the construction technique utilized by the caterpillar to create the cocoon and the materials. In this way I present the chrysalis as an object of scientific importance and at the same time the caterpillar as a creative creator and the chrysalis as a made sculpture.

 

Tesis en Artes plásticas y visuales de la Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Este trabajo comenzó por una mezcla entre casualidad y observación. Mientras ordenaba mi armario, empecé a sacudir los sacos de lana sobre una cartulina blanca, porque sentí que había algo en ellos y quería saber qué era. Encontré unas pequeñas formas ovaladas que después de ver por el microscopio descubrí que eran crisálidas de polilla tejedora. Cada crisálida era de un color diferente que correspondía con el de alguno de mis sacos de lana. Después de este primer hallazgo, empecé a recolectar las crisálidas de estas pequeñas polillas cuando aparecían en mi casa.

Es importante aclarar que no me interesa alterar el ciclo de vida de las polillas; simplemente recolecté las crisálidas que fueron habitadas por las orugas y que luego se convirtieron en polillas para caminar o salir volando.

Texto de tesis

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