Naturalezas (Spanish plural for Nature) is based on “Libro de Poemas”, the first book of the famous Spanish poet Federíco García Lorca. The project talks about the most important flowers and trees mentioned in the book’s poems via abstract photography, drawings and installation.
Inspiration & Concept
Having studied Fine Arts in Lorca’s home town, Granada, I came in touch with his work and loved his use of colours and nature in his poetry. It awoke my desire to illustrate it and to connect it with the Granada that I knew and lived in.
Natures, of the flowers and trees in “Poetry Book” from F.G.L., was exhibited during 2014 in Lorca’s birthouse and the center for Lorca study in Fuentevaqueros, Granada.
The works in this project are based on the analysis and descomposition of the book’s content and the following illustration of it`s different flowers and trees as well as of the descomposition of the physical book itself. The project talks about the rose, the olive tree, the cypress tree, the pine tree, the MARGARITA and the orange.
It consists of two parts: An archive that connects the physical book and its content (the nature talked about in it) with the physical nature of the city of Granada and its nearbys.
The analysis, the descomposition of this nature into its colours and shapes.
What we see in the house of birth is the first part, the archive. It’s boxed made from the book’s pages that host parts of the flowers and trees mentiones before. Just as the pages were the support for Lorca’s words about his childhood and the nature that was so caracteristic to it, the boxes are turning the pages into a SUPORTE for the physical nature that Lorca speaks about. The fact that the boxes are installed all over the birth house of the poet, connects his childhood memory (the book “Poetry Book”) with the physical place where he was born, grew up, and where part of the poems came to life.
What we see in the entrance of the Lorca Center’s library is the examination of the plants via their descomposition in their colours and shapes by the means of drawing and photography. The drawings are inspired by plant’s shapes and textures, whereas the pictures are based on their colours. The way this part of the exhibtion was shapes and organized, was intentionally more likely to a study’s room than to an exhibtion room, encouraging the viewers to sit down and touch the pictures, books, leaves and petals that we distributed on various tables of the room. Just as the work on the whole project and especially this part was an examination and process of learning for me, it should also be one for the espectators- not only for their eyes, but a tangible one (and smelling sometimes).
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