Volcanic Rock. From the series "MATER".                 Mixed Media. 2017

Volcanic Rock. From the series "MATER".                 Mixed Media. 2017

Amethyst. From the series "MATER".                       Mixed Media. 2017

Amethyst. From the series "MATER".                       Mixed Media. 2017

Blue Rock from the River. From the series "MATER".      Mixed Media. 2017

Blue Rock from the River. From the series "MATER".      Mixed Media. 2017

Jasper Stones. From the series "MATER".                 Mixed Media. 2017

Jasper Stones. From the series "MATER".                 Mixed Media. 2017

Citrine & Quartz. From the series "MATER".               Mixed Media. 2017

Citrine & Quartz. From the series "MATER".               Mixed Media. 2017

Citrine, Aragonite & Dolomite. From the series "MATER". Mixed Media. 2017

Citrine, Aragonite & Dolomite. From the series "MATER". Mixed Media. 2017

Purple Rock from the River.From the series "MATER".     Mixed Media. 2017

Purple Rock from the River.From the series "MATER".     Mixed Media. 2017

Cuprite. From the series "MATER".                       Mixed Media. 2017 

Cuprite. From the series "MATER".                       Mixed Media. 2017 

Pink pale rock from the River. From the series "MATER". Mixed Media. 2017

Pink pale rock from the River. From the series "MATER". Mixed Media. 2017

Stone from the Hotchkiss Cementery. From the series "MATER". Mixed Media. 2017

Stone from the Hotchkiss Cementery. From the series "MATER". Mixed Media. 2017

MATER

The Latin word mater means both: origin and motherland. In it´s Late-Middle English version, mater becomes matere, which at the same time means subject, cause and content. A stone -a physical piece of earth and landscape- holds limitless layers of unattainable knowledge beyond it´s material quality. There is a whole symbolic content in every physical object extracted from nature. From this idea, a sense of continuity between all natural elements arises and the physical boundaries between them cease to exist: stone and mountain become, essentially, the same thing. MATER refers to the origin of everything, which is also and simultaneously, substance (matter), sense (idea) and cause (reason of being).

I collect and work with found images and nature elements to draw physical connections between memory, history, and identity. For this particular project I spent one month in a hilly region of the State of Colorado, USA. I appropriate a series of old landscape and tourist pictures taken by unknown amateur photographers. I intervened those vintage prints with rocks I found in this specific territory, and re-photographed them creating new hybrid compositions in which multiple times and topographies begin to coexist, blending boundaries among spaces.

The selected photographs represent a physical space at a particular moment in history. They become objects of memory: something that is in the place of something else that does no longer exist. From the assemblage of the rocks and the different unknown photographers’ representations (which reveal their subjective way of understanding space and time), new hybrid spaces emerge, suspended between image and sculpture, real and virtual, symbolic and material: meta-landscapes, poetic territories that connect historical imagery with that ambiguous historic and cultural content captured within the physical fragments of earth.

 

Adomite. From the series "MATER".                       Mixed Media. 2017

Adomite. From the series "MATER".                       Mixed Media. 2017

Stone from the Hotchkiss Cementery. From the series "MATER". Mixed Media. 2017

Stone from the Hotchkiss Cementery. From the series "MATER". Mixed Media. 2017

Quartz Mineral Formation. From the series "MATER".           Mixed Media. 2017

Quartz Mineral Formation. From the series "MATER".           Mixed Media. 2017

Pumice Stone. From the series "MATER".                   Mixed Media. 2017

Pumice Stone. From the series "MATER".                   Mixed Media. 2017

 
Bronzite. From the series "MATER".                                                       Mixed Media. 2017

Bronzite. From the series "MATER".                                                       Mixed Media. 2017

Amesite. From the series "MATER".                                                         Mixed Media. 2017

Amesite. From the series "MATER".                                                         Mixed Media. 2017

Stones from the Hotchkiss Cementery. From the series "MATER".                                 Mixed Media. 2017

Stones from the Hotchkiss Cementery. From the series "MATER".                                 Mixed Media. 2017

John Hutchison's Rock. From the series "MATER".                                               Mixed Media. 2017

John Hutchison's Rock. From the series "MATER".                                               Mixed Media. 2017

Brown Jasper. From the series "MATER".                                                       Mixed Media. 2017

Brown Jasper. From the series "MATER".                                                       Mixed Media. 2017

Dolomite. From the series "MATER".                                                       Mixed Media. 2017

Dolomite. From the series "MATER".                                                       Mixed Media. 2017