MATER Mixed Media / Pigment Prints, 2017
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.