Sky #1 (Teahupoo), 2010

Graphite on paper
100 x 70 cm

Teahupoo, (a world-renowed surfing location in the island of Tahitii, that gives name also to one of the fiercest waves in the world, unique for its shape and for the massive volume of water it lifts ), was the title of a group of drawings of different formats and techniques shown in a solo exhibition held at ProjecteSD gallery in 2010 with the same title (see Exhibitions). The toponym refers to an existing yet imaginary place, that gave rise to a constellation of images, real and fictional.

Teahupoo symbolizes the distance between imagined and real, between idealization and real experience, between what is close and familiar to us and that remote and unknown, and the possibility or impossibility to express this distance through image. Accurate subtle graphite lines blended with colourful watercolors maybe evocative of the exuberant tropical vegetation or the intense light of the afternoon. Biomorphic traces and eliptically shaped images contraposed to gridded linear constructions. References to natural elements mixed with allusions to the cinematographic medium. Clouds, atmospheres, waves or undefined places co-lived in this non-hierarchical composition were associations were not delimited. Regardless of their fragmented presentation, all drawings were part of one same idea. The idea of process and of a “not-completed”, “not-finished” work was evidenced in all the drawings and it signified some important aspects: the non-linearity, the multiplicity and the idea of accumulation.