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.
The book brings together 38 color plates based on Aurora Pellizzi’s latest series of sculptural/pictorial wall–hangings made of naturally hand–dyed, felted and woven wool. In keeping with the artist’s investigation of natural dyes and pigments, each plate explores chromatic relationships through carefully designed layering of the eco-friendly rice–based ink characteristic of the riso printing process.
Within the square bounds of the page, figure and ground twist, turn and unfold, oscillating between abstraction and figuration.
The book was printed on the occasion of the exhibition by the same name at Canada Gallery, New York and is currently available in New York at Canada Gallery & Judi Rosen; at Oven Universe in Sapporo, Japan; and online including shipping in USA and Mexico, here.
48 page book
Edition of 200
9 ink risograph print
20 x 20 cm
180g bristol paper