Doris Salcedo + Your Absent Presence
Updated: Jun 16, 2021
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When a person disappears, everything becomes impregnated with that person's presence. Every single object as well as every space becomes a reminder of absence, as if absence were more important than presence. In art, everything is particular.
-- Doris Salcedo
Artist bio from her website: Doris Salcedo was born in 1958 in Bogotá, Colombia. Salcedo earned a BFA at Universidad de Bogotá Jorge Tadeo Lozano (1980) and an MA from New York University (1984). Salcedo’s understated sculptures and installations embody the silenced lives of the marginalized, from individual victims of violence to the disempowered of the Third World. Although elegiac in tone, her works are not memorials: Salcedo concretizes absence, oppression, and the gap between the disempowered and powerful.
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This AT HOME ART DATE is a chance for you to imagine your creative absence.
(element one) WATCH Doris Salcedo on Bogotá here.
(element two) BROWSE these images of Salcedo’s work here.
(element three) IMAGINE + MAKE Imagine you have disappeared. What is left behind? What objects and places retain your presence? Make a list of 15 objects and places. Combine this list intp a poem or collage. Fold it and put it in an envelope. Give it to a friend and ask them to mail it back to you in three months. Decide in advance how you will celebrate the return of your art about your absence.
How does it feel to devote your art time to your own absence?
If you seek perfection, you will never reach completion.
Finished? Congratulations. Well done, artist!
Try always to share your art with others.
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