Exhibition views
1 of 4
1 of 10

Palavra e pedra solta não têm volta

11/21 2013 – 12/21 2013

Mendes Wood DM is pleased to announce the first solo exhibition of the artist Mariana Castillo Deball at the gallery.

In this exhibition, Castillo Deball touches a series of questions related to printing, drawing, and sculpture; attempts to make a perceptual experience last as a trace, a memory, an image or an object. For this purpose, Castillo Deball follows the way archaeological objects have been described and reproduced throughout the centuries.

She follows the history of Alfred Maudslay, a British explorer who travelled extensively in the Maya region in Mexico and Guatemala between 1880 – 1920. Maudslay played a crucial role in the understanding of Maya hieroglyphic writing. He recorded the monument’s inscriptions with drawings, photographs and plaster casts. He also developed the technique known as paper squeezes, moulds made out of papier-mâché.

Castillo Deball is interested in the trajectory of these objects, which depart from a direct contact with the original monuments and end up as negatives, positives, photographs and drawings. This immense amount of physical information travelled first as raw materials from England to the Maya region in the form of wrapping paper and plaster from London to Guatemala, returning to London as a precise and diverse record of the ancient Maya monuments.

We make use of cookie technology in order to increasingly improve your browsing experience on our website. Continue or close this message in order to allow the use of cookies. For more information regarding our Cookie Policy and how to manage your cookies, click here.