The development of mind and brain in relation to our senses is set as a core cause to human evolution.
In my artistic research I explore the cognitive and communicative qualities of our bodies and how important they are to human evolution. The high degree of neural attention that converges into our hands points out the importance they have in this process.
In my works I highlight the presence of a gesture by detaching human hands from the rest of our bodies. They stand on their own, interacting with each other as well as with their surrounding reality. In so doing, two main ideas are being displayed: human communication and human understanding of the world. Space comes as a defining aspect of our nature but how do we interact with it, and how does it come translated into a gesture?
By touching, grabbing and holding, our bodies sense physically our surrounding reality and therefore hands come as the most suitable limbs for executing such actions –gestures are intentional movements of the body.– Performing the hands is part of our evolution in a communicative level as well. They are together with our faces the factors that allowed the “process of modelling of thought into instruments of material action” and therefore “into sound and symbols” according to Leroi-Gourhan (1993, p. 187-188).
In my continuous search of forms and colors, materials such as bronze, wax and plaster challenge reality in being as dynamic as a moving, shifting gesture. Sometimes the materiality of the object creates different contrasts and interactions –but there is a much deeper sense to their use that has to do with space, light and color.–
Abstraction and figuration meet up in the space defined by the gesture. In both, space defined by physical exercise and emotional states, there is a clear human answer or reaction to the external world that is translated into form. Then, the question is: what are the limits between meaning and form?
They are the same as the ones between myth and reality.
“ Art is a manifestation of the human need to transcend. ”