From Myth to Earth, Colombia, 2014 - Current
In 2014 artists Sol Bailey Barker and Gabriella Sonabend travelled to Colombia to spend six months exploring it's landscapes and researching and responding to it's histories, mythologies and contemporary state.
Travelling across the vast landscapes of the country, walking the land; Sol created 15 sculptures, which engaged with the physical and ephemeral nature of place. These sculptural gestures were created using: axe, chisels and fire. The sculptures were photographed and then left in situ. These serve as monuments to particular events and myths some of, which are fleeting moments amongst a long history of upheaval.
Gabriella wrote a parallel narrative for each landscape, which offer an alternative window into these worlds. Both Sol and Gabriella's works draw on a combination of interviews, research and observation.
Below are a series of images from the project, these show: aspects of the journey, sculpture in situ and documentation of Sol's work process. A book of this sculptural project will be released in full later this year. 'From Myth To Seeking; Seeking Archetypes in Greed and Healing' an artist book, features all of Sol's works in Colombia, contextual writing and photographic documentation by Sol and Gabriella. Two of Gabriella's stories will be published later this year in the Nomadic Press Annual Journal.
Watch this space for news of release!
Many thanks to Lugar A Dudas Gallery in Cali for providing a workspace to begin this project and a support network in Colombia. Special thanks to Ivan Castillo for introducing us to the wealth of Colombian culture.