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1993: Elena Oliveras - Prólogo "Laberinto", Buenos Aires, Argentina

"Notwithstanding the differences with her previous works, the recent paintings and boxes by Silvia Brewda keep her interest focused in the subject of man and the concepts of going beyond and fragmentation..."

The labyrinth as a symbol

The absence of hierarchies or centers in her recent works offers a plurality of virtual readings, different orientations and a special display to an uncertain exit. As they also lack over significant axes or structures, a definite articulation is non existent. The multiple or possible entrances into each segment of the painting derive in irreconcilable lines of escape with figures in relentless motion. Hence the eloquent focalization of the concept of labyrinth. This is not only a theme or a simple design of intricate ways and complex exits, but the labyrinth also functions as a concept or a symbol, designating something else: the loss of man´s place, his deterritorialization and, consequently the dramatic need to find a way leading to a new territory (both physical and mental) specifically human. Fulfilling one of the essential rules in art --to make-see--the labyrinth contributes to clarify the ever vague image of contemporary man in his world. It leads us into the importance of the way and territory inherent to man. Likewise the figures which move erratically, man walks along paths as alien to him as to animals. Moreover, in the end, does man pursue something other than the recovery of a lost space? Or else, does he achieve the transcendent or the sacred that sometimes comes between? Does he aspire-like in ancient times – to the monuments or celebration? Is there a final destination for him? The works of Brewda do not imitate the pathos or intense emotion these questions arise, characteristic of an unencompassed world. But, as the focus of our attention concentrates on these questions, the feeling of anguish is, at least momentarily, suppressed. They are the reverse of the cry. The answers we might find as well as the entrances to the labyrinth will always be reversible and ejectable. The unique and unquestionable answer is the one that denies the existence of only one place for a final destination. This the labyrinth turns “impossible”. The only alternative is to do and undo ways to steadily and inexorably make a new start….”