Installation view, Emily Carr University Concourse Gallery,2017.

Project Living organisms for living spaces

Installation view, Emily Carr University Concourse Gallery,2017.
**On view Anomalies and Fungi. These two works are part of the project Living organisms for living spaces.

In this project, I turned to my personal narrative to understand the dark legacy of the Colombian colonial past. I took cultural objects related with that legacy I analyzed them and from there I chose to work with fabrics and garments. These materials were associated with a language of ornamentation, then I observed ornamentation played an important role to establish power and domination in that colonial past. My investigation of ornamentation raises questions about the ornament as both a cultural strategy and biological consequence. This research gave me the tools to intertwine implicit signifiers of materials used in domestic decoration as old signs of power and pushed me to develop the idea of creating a hypothetical ecosystem of cultural signifiers. I used the sense of domestication of nature as the metaphor to speak about control. Works such as Fungi and Anomalies are my gestures to navigate among ambiguities and tensions. I am challenged by ornamentation as an opportunity to investigate the tension between aesthetic strategy and biological response.

Today’s laws of nature are well explained by science, but still we have a lot to discover that can change our perceptions and paradigms. When I try to unpack how culture operates I cannot separate it from behaviors that seem to be embedded in our own nature. I still find the relationship between culture and nature a messy one that keeps me interested in continuing to problematize our human condition.