Such Is the Silence
There was a room in our grandparents house that was called the cold attic. There dust danced in a dimm daylight and the walls and floors were filled with objects accumulated over time. We used to explore this place with my little sister as the wonderworld of the past. We dug out old exotic treasures and put on our grandma’s old dresses to play.
Today, in these abandoned houses that I enter memories from the past emanate through peeling layers of walls, bedraggled furniture, the dust on the floor, and the smell. I walk through rooms and I observe. The windows upstairs creek as the wind blows through their frames. A ray of light crosses one of the rooms. The prowling layers of time in the corners make my mind restless. Downstairs everything remains dark. My series Such Is the Silence depicts a possible fictive world.
In One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel García Márquez describes a town called Macondo. The long time span and surreal happenings in the book leave the reader wondering if Macondo was really ever real. Such Is the Silence offers reflections on existence and the passing of time. Without any prior connection to these houses, there is a contradiction when I enter the space. I want to illuminate these abandoned spaces with life. As an imagined character I am able to place myself inside the memory of these houses and imagine the changing generations and life as in Márquez’s book. Through my presence, these rooms become alive again.
Such is the Silence is a body of work that consists of thirteen photographic photographs, a video piece and found objects. The combination of these three elements create a story-like installation in a gallery space, where each part is in a dialogue with one another in a story subtly navigating on the borderlines of reality. The body of examines existence, identity and our corporeal connection to time and space. I pose for and with the camera in abandoned houses in Valencia, Spain. As I step into the room, my subconscious starts to form narratives of fictitious past events that I then recreate through the character I call Miss Silence depicted in the images. The wandering artworks explore the empty house, pondering questions of existence and memories: Whose past is present when spending time in these houses? What happened in the rooms a hundred years ago? I aim to capture the contradictory symbiosis of time and space in my pieces and explore the history of the places in relation to my own presence.