Sixe Paredes : "Danza Ritual"
September 24 - October 25, 2015
Dancing has been with us from humankind’s origins, and has transmuted up to the present day. Countless people worldwide dance to express their most mystical urgings, concealed in their innermost being – what we cannot put into words, but only into gestures or movements.
Visionary shimmering experiences joining Heaven and Earth, dance conveys a world of profound introspection, generating an explosion of colours melting and flowing in all different dimensions, to whisk us away to new universes. Ritual blends the elements of our worldview and thinking, is transformed under a new contemporaneous gaze, becoming now a key to the door opening onto new paradigms and dimensions. Along with symbolism, a reflection of being human, materializing our lives, leaving our mark and continuation, in codes that time forgets. In the quest for not such a distant past, so near to us, graven in flames within our deepest selves, which never really vanished, but have been transmuted throughout our existence through memories turned into actions, taking day-to-day shapes in our lives without our noticing, blinded by the world we are leaving behind.
For this new show, I have worked on these concepts and different disciplines. In painting, I have materialized the idea of the dance, painting two series inspired by some of the whole world’s most popular myths and legends, which are dances for water and for the heavens. In the sky, the bird-man, or all the different concepts flying with us, such as winged beings reflected in countless cultures, some outstanding ones such as the plumed serpent or the great “Wiracocha”, and beings welling up from the depths of seas, lakes or swimming-holes, creatures with fish heads or bodies, coming out of the water to dance or to cast enchantments over people who approached those places. I should highlight a book with these references, which influenced my documentation: El Pez De Oro (The Golden Fish, by Helena Usandizaga). I had the honor of illustrating her cover. Many view this book as the Bible of indigenous studies.
With abstraction as a tool to give form to altered states of consciousness, trips assisted by magical / master plants that raise humans up and enable them to reflect with their innermost selves, merging in their surroundings, in an explosion of colours and linear / geometrical shapes, which dematerialize at various stages. For sculpture, I have worked with Peru’s ancestral techniques, to combine two worlds in order to create sculptures that embody tradition and contemporary life and – at their very core – union with the Cosmos and the Universe. Nasca is world-famous because of the Nasca lines, which were declared world cultural heritage in 1994 by UNESCO. Their dazzling forms and drawings stretch out for thousands of kilometres all over the plains at different places. Scholars at the Academic Unit of the University of Nasca who research and defend this cultural heritage have stated that these were sacred pathways, and that “lines” is a misnomer. However, the Nasca people were also tremendous potters, with their own very distinctive style, rich in colours and true beauty. I feel that they are one of Peru’s most beautiful cultures, along with the “Mochica” culture.
When I returned to this area, I had the opportunity to intern at the workshop of the Gallegos family patriarch, with his son, Zenón Gallegos, as my teacher. This family, with great experience with ceramics, began resurrecting the Nasca technique in 1968 and have researched and promoted this age-old technique to this day. I was able to resume this work after two years and continue learning the Nasca pottery technique, seeking a new contemporary vision while respecting its primeval motifs. In this new series of sculptures, the ceramic work is more complex than those I made previously in Nasca, so they have evidently evolved. Other techniques I have worked with have been looms and quipus, since for years I have been developing different works between Peru and Barcelona.
Sixe Paredes — preface of the exhibition catalog