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ICE. Paper, Intimacy and Skin

ICE. Paper, Intimacy and Skin

MERCÈ SOLER, 2019

MERCÈ SOLER, 2019

“All creation repeats the cosmic act par excellence: the creation of the world”, argues Mircea Eliade in The Myth of Eternal Return.

In the beginning was the word. And long before the word, the ice ages. The contact with that cold crystal made of water, the translucid hive that melts with time and heat, grants the word, in Soler’s work, a historic dimension which reverts the ages. In the same way that the Ice Age gave way to the discovery of land, this freeze that the planet itself undoes will allow for the discovery of the word that gave them life. The circle closes. 

The filter made by solid water transforms into liquid and disappears. What do the pictures show, then? The process which is, in turn, a wait. There is a beginning and an end. Everything ends. That which was enclosed is freed. That which was hidden is revealed. The sole way of preserving the object as it was conceived at the beginning would be to maintain the cold  a cold which endangers life. That is the reason for the reflection of the idea of fragility in the different pictures. 

How to signify that which we cannot see? That which cannot be observed by the human eye, can be suspected by intuition. Existence does not depend of the gaze being captured. The act is being. And being is the very centre of what we consider real.

Mercè Soler creates a reality which changes. That mutation resembles the evolution of life,  where each mystery is uncovered as it finds the appropriate place and so changes the surroundings where it takes form. “Ice. Paper, intimacy and skin” moves those who observe to an inevitable question: What is enclosed inside me, and when will I know it? this reflection leads us to the greek aphorism “Know thyself”, which means discover yourself,  shed light on that which was in darkness, be who you are. the light projected by the ice with which Soler has worked opens the path to the act of being first, and to the human being later. towards presence first, and second the knowledge behind the mutation of what is hidden.

The ice floats and, as it falls apart, takes part of the other, and knows more about itself and that which it contained. As narrator Grace Paley wrote in one of her accounts, “The truth, when it finds its plane, floats”.

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VIDEO EXHBITION: ICE. PAPER, INTIMACY AND SKIN - MERCÈ SOLER, 2019

ICE. Paper, Intimacy and Skin

28 JUNE - 14 SEPTEMBER 2019

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Mercè Soler

1976
Mercè Soler discovered her passion for bookbinding whilst living in Berlin. After 10 years she returned to Barcelona and begann to develop her ideas through the art of bookmaking.
Her books are transcriptions of the unspoken, the unexpressed, what is secret, the interpretation of what others think, the inability to express oneself, and the identity we create according to we want, or are able, to expose.
They are conversations turned into objects, pared down and almost hermetic, leaving a hole for the viewer to go through. 
The texture and feel of paper, marble, velvet and ice deliver the viewer to wherever they are willing to be taken.

 

https://mercesoler.com

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ANDRÉAS LANG

photogravure from
Sous les Ogives - Andréas Lang
artist book with 9 photogravures by Andréas Lang and the 3rd chapter from “Notre Dame de Paris” by Victor Hugo
Editions Tbe, Tristan Barbarà, Barcelona 2009
limited edition, 50 expl. & suite of 18 expl.

GUY MONNET

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