Self-defense (collaboration with Julieta Gil), 2019
27 x 18 x 15 cm
Obsidian stone has been deeply involved with spiritual practices. It’s shiny constitution and deep black colour has converted it into the symbol of Tezcatlipoca —an ancestral deity creator of the universe in the Mexica society—whose most representative shield is an obsidian magic mirror which radiates a smoke capable of defeating his enemies. Taking this narrative as a standpoint, Autodefensa (Self defense) is a series of sculptures of spiked contemporary weapons –such as rifles, knives, axes– made with obsidian that try to preserve the protecting condition of the material, while simultaneously making a comment upon the contemporary use of armament. These series of weapons were sculpted with an absolute lack of ergonomics, making them hard to be held and managed; as if they were protecting themselves from themselves. These objects are both a seductive series of artifacts that don't pose the threat of physical harm, and yet a glorification of the object and its symbolic value, which aims to recover the spiritual and magical condition of artillery.
Material Art Fair / Janet 40