Artsit-in-Residence, Campos de Gutiérrez
|During the stay, I talked with the people in Colombia and made my drawings and the clay works. The stories from people’s living became a big motive of my works. I did the “translation” in each process – organizing the information of people’s everyday stories in the drawing, and transforming the drawings into clay works.
I took the clay from the soil of the residency, and made a easy wood fire kiln.
I did a group exhibition in Medellín with the other artists. The house that we used for the show was just before reconstruction. We could do the show in the atmosphere of the previous inhabitants. It was a very good experience to place the works in a living space.
”People hide their treasure somewhere in the house, but if they are kept hidden, something a bit weird will happen.”
|This is a work inspired by the holes found on the wall of Pablo Escobar‘s house. The holes looked strange, and they reminded me of the words from the story of a Colombian grandma, ”PEOPLE HIDE THEIR TREASURE SOMEWHERE IN THE HOUSE, BUT IF THEY ARE KEPT HIDDEN, SOMETHING A BIT WEIRD WILL HAPPEN.” I used these words for the title of this work.
These bricks are used to build the houses in Medellin. Thanks to the brick factory, I got these bricks raw and fired by myself after carving. Medellin is surrounded by mountains, and the mountains are filled with the color of these bricks.