A new and beautiful experience. That is what Shirma Guayasamin is feeling with her latest works. They are more than twenty works, each one more singular than another. The simple materials and that for many do not mean much more, in the hands of this prodigious artist, those small elements reach significant values.
Shirma is happy. And if it’s for her, she has no problem giving him the details of each of his works. His eyes light up when he talks about his ‘daughters’, those works that were appearing little by little for, after more than a year, giving shape to the exhibition Singular blooms.
It is little and much, at the same time, what can be advanced from the set of works. They are very rare pieces in art galleries. Different by their shapes and the materials with which they are made. When someone comes to look at them, the interpretations come: Is this a sun, is it a coral, is it a mangrove? And what is it made of? How beautiful it is! And, there, Shirma begins her explanation. This work, for example, is called Lunaria and I like it a lot. They are leaves of the pope’s coins and those coins are called lunarias; what a nice name! Tell me it’s not cute, he says.
Shirma confesses that what is his at the moment is a transition between his works in metal to the use of other lighter materials.
She recognizes that working in iron is hard, but that is something that the artist likes a lot and feels very comfortable in that line. The use of these other materials has pleasantly surprised her because, likewise, they allow to be inspired, to enter into a spirit of innovation, to navigate in the memories and to leave in each work her passion for the figures.
Memories?. Of course, like the work done with plastic hoses, those oxygen conduits used by his mother, Luce DePeron, to deal with the problem of emphysema that complicated his existence. So, Shirma says that that work has to do with holding on to life, just like her mother did.
In that sublime and sentimental line is a work with representations of feathers, those feathers that a friend of hers could see falling from the sky since losing her teenage daughter and who could not resign herself to something like this having happened. To her friend, Shirma pays homage of condolence, she asks for consolation and peace with a beautiful subtle, meticulous and transparent work.
Shirma is looking for transparencies. And for this, the materials used are different: acrylics, translucent, plastic, silicone, among others, but all fragile, moldable and that impress visitors.
To attend the exhibition, Shirma makes a recommendation: go with an open mind and willing to be surprised.
The exhibition will open tomorrow, at 11:00, at the ECX gallery, on Paseo San Francisco, in Cumbayá, on the outskirts of the capital. The sample will remain open until April 10. All the works are ready for those who wish to take them for their private collections.
Those who saw how he worked had different reactions, some asked many questions, others said that they loved it, but they all agreed on something: this type of work is different …
Shirma Guayasamin, artist. (I)