Monstera deliciosa. In the garden, the abnormal takes place. Little by little, tiny holes make room to the possibility of long termship—even in this dizzying Anthropocene. Nothing without insisting once again, twice again, many times again, blossoms. Colossal and grotesque. the leaf laughs when hearing the adage, “To live is to be among men.”
The artistic practice of María José Romero underlies a constant and obsessive search for the different formal and perceptual dimensions that comprise that which we would usually call, Nature. However, her relationship with the latter is not that of a romantic landscaper nor that of a scientist who researches in depth in order to explain it to the world and humanize it. To her, nature is a delicious problem. An enigma that she accesses through the representation of miniscule fragments of the Universe; the place where, paradoxically, everything happens because everything is contagious in a delirious lustful morning. Now.
Riding between the abstract and the figurative, the painting and gestural drawings of this artist demand the spectator’s compromise, a paused dialogue where there is no room for speeding for speed’s sake, for the continuous and contemporary need of the “leave behind” and so “advance”, “progress.” Here, in each piece, and in the exhibition itself—as a mise-en-scène—the pause, the yield, the stop become essential in allowing access to all the different epidermis, densities and rhythms of this harmonious body of work.
The erogenous as seed…wait…
“They are hiding something from us, the curtain will rise”…suspected Bertolt Brecht.
Curator: Victor Palacio