In the summer of 2017 I had the honor of being part of the Varda Artists Residency in California, aboard the SS Vallejo houseboat.
A place with a lot of history that has hosted international artists and writers from all disciplines since 1940 like Jean Varda, Jack Kerouac, Maya Angelou, Gordon Onslow Ford, Mark Tobey, Robert Matta, Ruth Asawa, Alan Watts, Allen Ginsberg, Henry Miller…
It was a big challenge an not an easy start, I was suddenly in a magical place but with only the little material I had been able to put inside my suitcase. I am used to make large and heavy sculptures, using stone and wood, but I understood I needed to find there a new way of working.
To live in a houseboat in the San Francisco bay was a vibrant new experience that the artwork had to reflect. You can notice a gentle movement, a feeling of lightness when living on the water and the sun marks the rhythm of the day, all the rooms are composed by huge windows to the ocean that flood of light with the sunrise, but when the sun sets turn to darkness.
I mixed all those sensations: the lightness, the gentle movement and the importance of sunlight which led me to build lightweight mobile sculptures that follow the movement of the boat, capturing the essence of water.
Tide is the first series of sculptures I made using simple shapes, undulating like water, and applying bronze enamel to reflect and magnify the sunlight when touching the sculpture.
I also made a second series Lighthouse where I included rice paper to nuance the light and make it draw shapes on the sculptures that change throughout the day.