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Ines Picchetti - Piedra Movediza

8 USD
Ines Picchetti - Piedra Movediza
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Ines Picchetti - Piedra Movediza

8 USD
For eons Tandil’s Piedra Movediza precariously balanced on the side of a hill until the three hundred-ton rock fell and broke in 1912. Though not pictured, that shifting stone “floating between the clouds and earth” acts as muse to a kindred spirit let loose in this enchanting and beguiling collection of images and text. Picchetti is an embroiderer with a conceptual bent, a graphic designer of no small renown in Santiago and Buenos Aires, whose diversified artistic sensitivity flowers sequentially on these pages. A celebration of printed matter, memory, pattern, kitsch, and nature, including Senor Picaflor the lion who with the frogs and rabbits sings in a choir heard at dawn. Childhood is one underlying preoccupation, from the seven smiling youngsters in Plaza Huincul during the 1970s to kids’ shiny craft papers scattered over an anonymous Asian face on the cover. Vintage postcards, hallmarks of correspondence and longing, make frequent appearances, as do a couple from long ago wearing matching elk sweaters, princesses, a crudely sculpted Santa Claus, and leaves mirroring an arrangement of salt and pepper shakers and a jar of Nutella. Rulers and paperclips, Llama topiary, Sativa and geometrical diagrams, and a corset in formal agreement with the modernist interior of a room at the Albergues de Carretera road hotel in Spain. Also present: Imperio, a classic bar with delicious pizza and good beer festively lit up at dusk in Chacarita, an apparent dream catcher over a waterfall, Todos Los Santos Lake, an elderly woman’s pelvic mound facing off against a majestic, withered tree, while two not so young lovers embrace by St. Petersburg’s waterfront in a photograph by Eleonora Margiotta. Meanwhile UFO-like heraldic forms populate the embroidery anchoring all this disparate but related pictorial phenomena. Flying saucers and the Buenos Aires planetarium, designed by Enrique Jan, come into being as textures comprised of typographic signs, extraterrestrial craft made out of “fonts” that repeat patterns in the process of leaving the virtual domain for the actual. Space lace, symbols, tokens, and secret, hermetic codes. Writing, mail, motif and decoration, epistolary pleasures, herein travel and restlessness interact with domestic contentment in a harmonious succession of elements both homespun and elegant.

Published by Elk Books, 2013 
8.5 x 5.5"  22 pages