By Sergio Jimenez
Logroño, (EFE).- The fragile becomes powerful in the “Common Places” exhibition, installed in Logroño, in which its artist, Tamara Mendaza, merges fashion, through three layers, with ceramic pieces and illustrations, to affirm that “the sensitive and fragile” are also concepts that can be used to generate beauty.
The exhibition, which can be visited at the cultural space La Lonja Gallery until December 3, is divided into two projects separated by rooms, whose common denominator is to expose how the fragile can be used to “generate a another type of bond, both with nature and with memory and the elderly who often end up being forgotten,” says Mendaza in an interview with Efe.
The first part of the exhibition that the visitor discovers when passing through the door of La Lonja is called “Sentimental Terrorism”, a project focused on fashion, featuring three coats suspended above the ground, which tell a lived story. by this artist (Estella, Navarre, 1986) based in La Rioja.
“‘Sentimental terrorism’ – he explains – is a fashion design and experimentation project that I did before the pandemic, and the concept is that when I went to work every day, I saw a very thin woman who always sat on the same bench looking for the rays of the sun to warm herself”.
back to the forest
Once through this “Sentimental Terrorism”, where these pieces on fabric predominate and which, according to the artist, could be hung in a museum as if worn by a person in the street, begins the journey towards the exhibition project, entitled ” Return to the forest”, with ceramic objects and illustrations.
This second part, with many references to trees, “is my way of seeing the time that I live now, since, during the pandemic, I came back to visit my city, which is from the mountains, much more, and I came back because that there were projects that attached me to this city. It was a very strong tour for me”, explains Mendaza.
“Return to the forest”, says Mendaza, derives from his current experience, a phase in which “nature is much more present” and in “in this nature, my memory seeks this relationship with my deceased grandfather, who was a shepherd , among other concepts.
The artist acknowledges that she has always worked with nature and that animals have always been a source of inspiration for her, but “now they mean something else; It is a second part of the more sentimental and personal exhibition”.
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