Dialogues – Ways of the Rising and Setting Sun, Christina Oiticica (paintings) and Geneviève Maquinay (sculptures)
23 May – 3 June 2011
Exhibition Hall, General Assembly Building – United Nations Headquarters, New York/USA
For a period of two years, from May 2007 to May 2009, Christina Oiticica will be exhibiting paintings composed in partnership with Nature in the gallery of the El Peregrino Hotel in Puente la Reina, a stop on the Road to Santiago.
The artist composes her paintings in different places along the Road: using the relief of stones, the intervention of the rain, snow, the color of the earth, natural pigments and wax. Once composed, they are “planted” in the earth and recovered months later.
From this original process that combines land art and painting, symbolic and abstract canvases emerge that convey the energy of the place where they were composed.
The fact that this exhibit is taking place in Puente la Reina, where all paths to Santiago converge into one, is not accidental: the intention is to show the pilgrims another road, one marked by their steps, hopes and memories.
In this process the artist follows the inspiration taken from the words of the French writer André Gide: “Art is collaboration between God and the artist, and the less the artist intervenes, the better.”