VESTIGES (by Gabriela Agüero)
(Trace, signal, footprint, clue, mark, memory, evocation, impression, imprint relic, rest, residue, particle)
The remains are, in short, what allows us to reconstruct something of the past.
I had gone through a ships cemetery and the rusted remains had an impact on me, time had transformed them and I wanted to stop it at that moment. I found beauty in them, a beauty constituted by their scars, by rust and wear, by history and the secrets they would keep.
I kept thinking about the rust for a long time. One day I discovered in my workshop the iron and tin printing matrices I made when I was studying. I had wrapped them in paper and kept carefully, 20 years later the matrices had rusted, stained, degraded and eaten away. Again, I saw a unique beauty in them, they were part of my own story, they were my matrices (my own being).
Time and the action of nature are inevitable, so I decided to use them. I placed the matrices outdoors, so that the rust would continue its honourable work. At the time, I discovered great strokes and I realized that I would not have been able to draw like that.
I thought of the engraving, of the imprint that these matrices, stripped of their original function, now proposed a new discourse and a new language. At ´ace, I scanned and photographed them, and then used the images to make photolithography. However, the rust had a greater discursive power. The process was enriched and proposed multiple actions.
1973 | Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2013 | B.A. in Visual Arts, Orientation in Engraving and Printed Art. IUNA, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1998 | Prof. in Engraving. National School Of Fine Arts P. Pueyrredón IUNA, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1995 | M.A. in Visual Arts. Esc Municipal de Bellas Artes Carlos Morel, Quilmes, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Scholarships with A Scavinno and A Díaz Rinaldi.
2019 | H C D Morón, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2016 | Zero Space. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2010 and 2012 | Monocopias, Morón. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2008 | Metáforas, French Alliance, Flores. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2007 | SAAP, Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2019 | 2nd Prize Mini Print Cantabria, Spain.
2017 | Special mention, CPA. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2012 | 2nd Mention, ANBA, Bonifacio del Carril Award. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2008 | Mention Monocopy LIII Salon M Belgrano. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2006 | 1st Engraving Award, SAAP. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2005 | Unique Mention: Hall A V P Pueyrredón. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1st Mention Engraving: Munic San Fernando Room. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
In this Open Study of February 2020 the artist showed a series of works in process carried out during two micro-residencies in ´ace. In such a way the project that was finally called Vestiges is made up of several series:
The Rastros series is a series of eco-prints that were made by rescuing the rust of iron plates with etchings by the artist. She wrapped these plates in rice paper. The impressions, product of the rust due to the action of time and nature, become shrouds of these matrices. Some wrappers were torn, embedded in the metal wounds, torn and stained. The artist wanted to preserve them, mounting them on a support. This permanent action seeks to save but at the same time transform the testimony of the object, the passage of time and the remains of both processes.
Objects (Wraps) Stamp obtained from the impression of rust produced by the action of time and nature. These objects are the unfolded wrappings with the imprints and folds engraved on themselves, they will be later placed in containers.
Cocoons (Wrapped Matrices): Iron matrices wrapped in rice or kozo paper, tied with paper thread, printed with oxide. These objects will be placed in acrylic boxes.
Wakes: prints made from printing with inks made with rust and sprinkled with rust on fresh transparent ink. The images emerged from directly copying the wrappers to the ofset sheet metal. Format: 76cm x 28 cm Support: Guarro biblos paper
Landscapes: photoengravings made from scans of the oxidized matrices, producing bichromes printed with graphic inks.
Packaging: engravings made with printing of the matrices with oxide by the action of time and nature. Format 48 cm x 65 cm. Support: Magnani Magna paper
ABOUT DRESSES (by Gabriela Aguero)
What does wrap mean?
To wrap is to cover, clothe, pack, sheathe, pack, bandage, cover, protect.
By performing this action on what is in transformation, which leaves its trace, the wrapping becomes the representation of a non-tangible reality:
the vestiges …
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