Grimanesa Amoros – La Incubadora: Exhibit at the Lab Gallery,NYC.
In the 2010 babel that we’ve grown used to loving, seldom do we find a creation that can stops us in our tracks for more than 10 seconds, let alone revive memories of childhood, motherhood, the warmth of birth embraced by the universe, and the coldness of reality when returning to the speed of the city we inhabit, as a window that separates us from the miracle taking place somewhere inside us.
Grimanesa Amorós, is the true representation of a succesful artist. And by success I cannot only mean achieving fame and economic success,for this, among artists, is only the compensation of a more difficult relationship with the task of creating, of attesting to the world around us and attempting to materialize an idea… I say succesful and I talk about that specific and intangible look of fulfillment that can only be seen in artists who have dedicated hours and hours and hours of discipline and sacrifice to their work, and who have therefore, made love to the muses and brought to life magnificent pieces.
A persevering, passionate, strong and empowering woman, Grimanesa spoke to us right before the opening of her exhibit “La Incubadora”, which can still be seen at the Roger Smith Hotel’s space: The Lab Gallery. What she shared with us was so intimate and powerful that we couldn’t find a better person for this month’s featured artist spot:
“La Incubadora” is an installation that fits perfectly in the Lab Gallery, and which features the installation “You cannot feel it, I wish you could”, comprised of eleven “clones” of a new kind of human body: a pregnant female torso with the same male head attached to each of them.
The isolated sensation that takes over the viewer, who is forced to stand outside and go around the “incubator” space, reminds each passerby of the fear of adulthood, of solitude, the nostalgic blurred memories of warm times in the womb. At the same time, the materials with which Grimanesa created each one of these sculptures, a combination of Avaca paper and bee wax, and the masterful use of lights, sand and music to create such an intimate environment, create a delicious confusion that can only be proof of the effect of this fantastic work of art.
The casts were taken from a mold made from the artist’s body one week before she gave birth to her daughter. Grimanesa shared with us that the entire installation idea came to her in the form of a dream, and that she saw each sculpture moving around, having a life of its own. The unique sensations of being a mother, together with the curiosity of her partner, who was curious during the entire pregnancy for his unability to bear a child and his desire to be an equal part of the process, contrast beautifully with the exterior landscape of cars and busy new yorkers, the grey lights of winter and the numbing cold that makes us wish to be one of those casts, or quietly sleeping inside them.
The floor beneath and around the body-casts is covered with soft, pale sand referencing the earth as a foundation for biological manipulation. Renowned musician Meshell Ndegeocello, followed Grimanesa’s magical creating style: She placed her fingers on the sands around these sculptures, and almost as if becoming part of the fairy tale, immediatly told the artist: I got it!, and composed a piece that is now an essential part of the exhibit.
Grimanesa also shared with us during our interview, the importance of her relationship with her partner, the need of balance and fulfillment in order to create, and how this led her to focus full time on the tasks of motherhood after her daughter was born.
One can only help but distinguish the touch of South American art in her work, probably because of the finished look on the surface of the materials, or the combination of the light and the sand, which reminds us of the sea and of our past. Indeed, Grimanesa’s eyes shine immediatly, and with no difficulty she changes her dialogue to Spanish, and proudly says: “Mi esencia es Peruana”. Born and raised in Peru, she currently resides in New York City and often travels back and forth due to her exhibitions.
Amorós utilizes her art as an agent for empowerment to involve viewers from all different backgrounds and communities. She says she does not wish to influence, but to cause a reaction. Among her mentors or artists admired, she mentions Nox Martin, professor at the Art Students League of NY, as well as Miguel Gallo, from Peru, and Jack Lo.
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