S E L F _ P O R T R A I T S
This series comprises ‘self-portraits’ made of raw earth. The soils and materials used to create these sculptures come from the artist’s homelands: Italy and Cuba. In fact, the artistic process involves collecting natural materials over the years, between Europe and Latin America, to reinterpret and heal the duality inherent in the artist’s biographical journey as a ‘mixed’ individual.
Raw earth, tobacco, fibres, sand, oils, wax. Photos by Isabel Rodriguez Ramos.
A B O L I T A S
The Abolitas mini-sculpture series will consist of 400 faces carved in raw earth. This project emphasises earth as a social material, which has the potential to initiate a personal dialogue with the artwork, thus contributing to a process of collective re-signification. The dedication to our grandmothers acts as a vehicle for memories and experiences, encouraging the community to reflect on their shared ancestral heritage. The goal, in five years, is to complete the 400 pieces, roughly corresponding to the number of eggs in the body of a woman of childbearing age.
Raw earth, essential oils, wax. Photos by Isabel Rodriguez Ramos.
E V A
Photos by Isabel Rodriguez Ramos.
The sculpture ‘Eva’ is a ‘mixed’ artwork, the result of the union of natural materials collected by the artist between Latin America and Italy. Its interactive and symbolic conception offers viewers the opportunity to actively participate through a gesture of offering and purification. The presence of a cavity strategically placed at vulva height, intended to house and burn incense quartz, invites the public to perform a ritual action. The artwork clearly recalls the biblical myth of Adam and Eve, where Eve is traditionally portrayed as the one responsible for original sin and subsequent human misfortunes. However, the traditional interpretation of Eve as the sole culprit is here subjected to a thorough critique. The artwork ‘Eve’ aims to challenge and redefine the patriarchal and misogynistic narrative that has influenced the perception of Eve as an inherently sinful figure responsible for the fall of humanity. Through a visual symbolic analysis, the artist challenges this conventional interpretation, proposing an alternative vision that celebrates the power, vitality, sensuality and creativity of the sacred feminine. The figure of Eve, in her vulnerable yet powerful nudity, becomes a symbol of rebirth and reaffirmation, breaking the stereotypes and limitations imposed by religious and cultural tradition. ‘Eva’ invites reflection on historical representations of women and a re-evaluation of their role and power in contemporary society.
26 cm high, 12 cm long and 17 cm thick. Raw earth, fibres, carnauba wax, charcoal, tobacco, sand, essential oils, quartz, incense.
Isabel Rodriguez Ramos ©2024