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2012: Laura Feinsilber. Un Ida y Vuelta por la Obra de Silvia Brewda

“Back and Forth” Silvia Brewda’s art  By Laura Feinsilber

We have been familiar with the work for a long time, ever since we found fury in her color palette and in the way she uses materials. Later on, her paintings started to show the attribute of calmness. In these paintings one could find hieroglyphics, Greek architecture, Pompeian ornaments, and little and schematic figures that blended with repeated animals models.
The artist then worked on tactile painting. These paintings were full of matter and showed mythical Greek constructions and a Tower of Babel with images of little men that defied the laws of gravity. This series of works condensed civilizations, utopian settlements, heroic deeds, myths. When looking into the role of women in ancient times the artist investigated the practice of playing games and recovered for her work the use of dolls, while utilizing a palette of rusty colors. Dice, domino, chess, which are all old games, were important themes of the artist’s work during a significant period of time. But the spectator could also find the notion of playing in the combination of techniques the artist mastered and used on those pieces: engraving, drawing and painting. The resulting ones were outstanding because of their impeccable making. This is something Silvia has maintained over time.
Through the years, her pieces ceased to be representative and Silvia has started to focus on experimentation with materials and certain procedures much more related to her subjectivity. This process takes time and the artist, as if she were an alchemist, waits for the subsequent reaction and alteration of the elements. This is why chance also plays an important role on Silvia’s work.
In her current exhibition, Ida y Vuelta (Back and Forth), the artist subjects the pieces to a complex process. This process includes meticulous cutting of papers that hang in the shape of cascades, the use of Braille as a visual but also as a symbolical complement, the use of rust, unexpected shapes and circular cuts made onto the base paper, the heart as the core, perforations, and burnt holes.
This group of works propose going back and forth through the artist’s work and what lies on its background. The original idea around which the work develops is bread. Bread is not visible but is what feeds and provides strength for life.
The artist had words transcribed into Braille for these pieces. These are words passed on from generation to generation and they possess a secret symbolism: food, nutrient, heart, water, fire, a life road.
“Matter and soul, food, traditions and the body participate in this series and direct the eye towards my inner world” says the artist.
The graphic work is outstanding. Not only for its technical quality but also for its sensitive content that touches on beauty.

Carla Rey Arte Contemporáneo.
Humboldt 1478 Monday to Friday 4 pm to 7 pm. Closes May 5th.