Absences takes as protagonist the shape and the non-figuration.
Expressing herself through foldings, Lucia Vallejo uses the extraction and transformation of motives with a starting point in classic works that are not sculpted to create new expressions.
There is a particular view to Absences: Following the artist’s main concerns from the Middle Ages, the artist focuses her interest on the fabric’s treatment, it’s movement and expression capabilities, picking up all the drama and narrative of these past works, turning them into allegories that only try to become magnets to the viewers eye.
Her creation carries techniques from modern and classical traditions, where we find attention in mannerist shapes from baroque times, where materials as the fabrics take the protagonist special character when these materials had been relegated to the pure figurative representation. Absences represent the emptiness, giving chance to the only missing and main part of the work, characters and narrations are displaced to the background, which causes a more dramatic tone to the long meters of folded fabric.
These foldings, are also directly related with other big themes in History, like dead itself, a theme the artist feels related and is the reason why this show also has an interpretation about the shroud, with the absence of Christ’s body, something that becomes the leitmotiv of the exhibition. These foldings reminds us of a past as monumental that opens an unexpected interpretation when contemplating them.