My beautiful children and other anomalies

Work in progress...

 

It all started with change; an inner transformation. At the age of 13, the artist was diagnosed with a uterine malformation that endangered her fertility, as well as her potential  of living as a normal woman. But what is a ''normal'' woman these days?  That is the underlying question that the artist ponders with this work, in an era where illness or anomaly is a shared condition, through its infinite trajectories, that can  represent normalcy.

 

To accept and describe the anomaly, to show its beauty, to create from the inability of procreating, that was the challenge encountered while assembling the blown glass pieces of this intimate yet public installation.  The outcome resulted with deformed pieces that seem ornamental, where the inner space notions and the visceral art became literal.

 

The pieces presented are themselves a sign of an artistic change, uniting glass and padded textile, which by  their play with transparency and textures, reciprocally transform themselves. 

 

 

Dizygots. 2018 . 110 x 180 x 25cm aprox. Lampworked glass, blown glass and fabric.

Mes belles histoires de foetus. 2016 . 90 x 90 x 30cm approx. Lampworked glass, blown glass and fabric. (City of Montreal Collection)

Des amours microscopiques. 2017 - 2018 . 104 x 97 x 14cm approx. Lampworked glass, blown glass and embroidered fabric. Ilustrations and serigraphy by Ilana Pichon.

Les filles. Montserrat / Elisabet / Glòria.  2016 . 90 x 50 x 20cm approx / 90 x 90 x 20cm approx./ 110 x 70 x 25cm approx. Lampworked glass, blown glass and fabric.

Cordón Umbilical.  2016 . 30 x 30 x 25 cm approx . Lampworked glass and fabric.

Mater

Work in progress...

 

In Spain, there is a tradition that is passed from generation to generation: once the birth of a child was announced, the baby's mother and the other women of the family would get together to start  the baby's dowry.

 

During the pregnancy, women would gather to choose the fabrics, threads, colors and patterns that they would use to make the child's clothes, bed linen, etc. Often, the skilled future grandmother would embroider the linen with pretty floral patterns and the newborn child's initials.

 

(You can see, on the mannequin, the bed linen that were embroidered by my mother with my initials.)

 

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