Chile | Artista Multidisciplinar | Aurora

Bringing the past to life

Within the depths of the color black we can always find an answer to the questions that life poses on a daily basis. Death, being reborn and delicateness are forms of representation that Aurora has found through embroidery and sculpture.

Lights in the shadows are often indistinguishable from reality. “The void that leaves behind silence is a prolongation that can never be depleted, there is nothing. This leads us to freedom, when someone declares themself to be in favor of nobody and friend to one’s self.” And time is an occurrence that we have currently lost sight of, it’s not enough for us and, in the past, it was depleted in the complexity of each action.

To working with old techniques is what inspires her to create by forming the sublime and a brush with the past. Aurora creates with different threads, thin and so fine that they seem to break at each stitch; she works with mirrors, glass and materials that are so complex in their delicateness that they invite her to get lost in them over months. Through this, her study lies in something concrete, the ultimate passion that takes away her dream of having the feeling that she is creating something well and that it is better than what she imagined. However, embroidery and sculpture aren’t all that she does; this young artist has also ventured into video art and intends to continue the search into the past through a piece with ex libris (ancient seal used to mark books).

Without light there isn’t night

Devoción y muerte is the name of the exhibition that she held in the Isabel Aninat Gallery. There she worked with the close-knit relationship that exists in man’s eternal search for salvation through rituals, devotion and strong beliefs in a God. Through this, Charon’s boat seems to be an icon to work on, the old ferryman of Greek mythology who transports the soul from The Earth to The Island, “towards the salvation of the soul in death, while understanding death as the greatest mystery in human understanding,” as the text of the exhibition describes.

Thus, in the gallery, there was once a 1.70 x 50 cm. coffin made of hand engraved mirrors. On the inside a face can be seen; our own reflection, in effect, an elevator, immortalizing us in death. Special lighting filled the rest of the space, since, “light can create moving shadows, and through them the work seems to have its own life and a certain ambience,” states Aurora. However, her work –which she categorized within the branch of religious art–, has characteristics of Baroque, Rococo, and Byzantine art. Also, a clouding of the senses must be carried out, which is why sound art filled that niche with Tibetan singing bowls, creating the environment where a woman would practically go every day –almost in a performance-like act– to remember her deceased daughter. The attitude of seclusion was achieved.

Outside of the darkness, History remains

However, Aurora’s work goes beyond gloomy stories. In them, she revives old work and discovers materials that have crossed into the void. “I like working with those materials, sculpture, very meticulous techniques, like everything that is anti-figurative and ornamental,” she explains. It is through this that she creates and recreates images from the Rococo that she finds on different places, which she draws and intervenes with new patterns that will be decorated with the few colors that she usually uses: white, black, gold and silver, thus creating a minimalist piece amongst the confusion that was medieval art.

The content, then, seeks to remind us of those rituals and the ever-so exclusive time that used to be devoted to creating things that today are made mechanically. Because behind every cut or stitch, behind every mirror, light, audio or video clip created by her, there is a regression in time: “My work helps you to stop and think about the moment and our rushed nature, since upon seeing my work you question the amount of time that I took in making it. It is like it was before, everything handmade. A time when people were much calmer, thus giving them time for… And that also leads you to the issue of how we live now as a society: everything is fast, everything done by machine, in China, and all of that has a lot of influence on the social behavior of people,” explains the artist, who within the same search seeks to place value on and bring to the present “everything that is ritualistic, and within this also take time to reflect,” she explains.

Each embroidered piece created by Aurora can take one or two weeks. The process is far from simple. Starting with a concern and her own satisfaction to see it expressed as something that she would like to see and create, we get investigation. She learns, captures and revisits everything that was done, she participates in workshops and courses, which are the different ways that she can express what she sees. Later comes creation and at that stage she looks for references that she distorts by recreating them to –in the case of embroidery– draw her own proposal, choose the colors, threads and slowly embroider until she sees her finished piece. But the process continues, now comes the color stage of the canvas, painting and frame. A series of processes that she has done for over a year in order to assemble an exhibition, and later she revisits another new role that presently repeats and revisits the past.

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