Where does research finish and art begin? How do two sides of one's practice meet?
Is a researcher that makes art an artist? I an artist that researches a researcher?
How does the personal, symbolic universe of an artist retrofeed into her work?
The Atlas of things before is a transdisciplinary piece of work.
It is my research, my obsessions, potential undertones and storylines, a reference library, and a piece on its own.
In its vastness of content and definition, it is a snapshot of who I am and what I do (theory melts into practice; contemporary art mixes with popular culture references; ancient artefacts meet the internet age). It is a portfolio of my work and capabilities without actually showing anything made by me, other than the drawn relationships.
This exploration of symbolic associations as work itself is indebted to Any Warburg and his monumental Atlas Mnemosyne.
“By associating votive offerings with sacred images, the Catholic Church, it its wisdom, had left its formerly pagan flock a legitimate outlet for the inveterate impulse to associate oneself, or one's own effigy, with the Divine as expressed in the palpable form of the human image.”
- Aby Warburg (The Art of Portraiture and the Florentine Bourgeoisie, 1902)
It is as well an attempt to continue reinvindicating research not only as part of the creative process, but as creative artwork in itself.
SYMBOLS AND CONCEPTS
- LAYING BODY
FORMAL QUALITIES AND MATERIALS
- ART (contemporary)
- FOCUS (visual)
- POP (culture)
- DE KYNDT
- GONZALEZ TORRES
This project also included a flip-book printed edition, encouraging others to play with the juxtaposition and serendipitious storytelling.