New work by Alejandra Almuelle – Opening May 4th
“The Silent Narrative of Things” an exhibition of new work by Alejandra Almuelle, opening May 4th at
OPENING RECEPTION – MAY 4TH FROM 7 TO 10PM
OPEN GALLERY HOURS – MAY 6TH – 21ST ON SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS FROM 12 TO 6PM
“When I began this series, I was affected by the significance and probable implications of the political situation. Many questions started to come as the work emerged. Questions created more questions in my attempt to answer them.
‘Seven’, which is the first of the series expresses that state of mind. I have included ‘Spices and Salt’ as subtext within the piece. Spice as an undercurrent narrative of human immigration, trade and value. And salt, as a form of currency and power, but also a fundamental part of the human body. Salt created the foundation of civilization and with it, commerce. The paradox is that commerce commodifies life itself, a prevalent and entrenched aspect of society.
Each of these human shaped figures are pierced, revealing the interior space through holes and openings as manifesting the permeable nature of the self. A self that is not solid, fixed or contained.
There is also the allusion of story telling in the ‘1001’ installation piece. It brings again the ‘hole’ as part of the piece itself. The multiple holes in the brick walls of the gallery are connected by red thread to the needles. It is the ‘eye’ of a needle that makes the needle.
Visible and invisible, certainty and uncertainty, power and need. It is in between this tension we reside.”
Alejandra Almuelle was born in Arequipa, Peru. She is a self taught ceramic artist working in Austin for the past 24 years. Before moving to the United States, she spent time with a community of potters in Pizac in the Sacred Valley of Cuzco, a major center for ceramic making in Peru. Peru is a country in which the abundance of clay has made this medium a language of artistic expression. Clay is its own idiom, and being there, she began to speak it. Her work has been featured in the Texas Clay Festival, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, MexicArte Museum, Laguna Gloria, Dimension Gallery, among many others.