TRANSFIGURATION @ Canada Gallery, New York


09.10.2021 – 10.16.2021

Canada Gallery 60 Lispenard St, New York, NY, 10013

Opening: Friday, 10th September, 2021, 5 – 8 pm


Photos by Stuart Lorimer






We are pleased to present TRANSFIGURATION, our first exhibition by Aurora Pellizzi at Canada.

The dimensional wall-hangings exhibited are part of an ongoing series of textural paintings made by Pellizzi in Mexico, where she lives and works. Her work playfully combines formal concepts of painting and sculpture – such as abstraction, perspective, figure, and ground – with traditional textile techniques and practices – most notably weaving and natural dyeing. Humor acts as a catalyst dissipating the traditionally ascribed divide between craft and art.

The object-images on view are made of naturally dyed wool volumetrically woven and latch-hooked onto a supportive web called ayate. The ayate is a pre-Hispanic garment or accessory hand-woven on backstrap-looms out of handspun maguey or agave fibers. The most famous ayate is the one where the Virgin of Guadalupe is said to have miraculously appeared in 1531 under a bed of roses. To this day they are used to carry firewood, corn, and other agricultural products in the Mexican countryside.

Pellizzi uses natural infusions and combinations of indigo, brazilwood, cochineal, avocado pits, and Aztec marigold to produce her color palette. Variations of tone and hue derive from the source’s natural composition and from the particular PH of the artist’s dye recipes. Treated as a material in and of itself and not as an external attribute or coating, the resulting colors are deeply saturated and unusual, especially in our post-industrial, digital age.

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by Aurora Pellizzi
printed by Can Can Press on the occasion of the exhibition TRANSFIGURATIONCanada Gallery

48 page book
Edition of 200
9 ink risograph print
20 x 20 cm
180g bristol paper

ISBN: 978-0-578-97182-7