2003 Nexus Serie – Maria Villares

2003 Nexus Serie – Maria Villares

The memory transforms one’s lived or what one’s think to be recalled.


One day in April 2001, it was still very early, I found several cobwebs between trees and shrubs of different sizes and shapes, fully covered filled with dew. This meeting touched me; ideas began to emerge, I related the dewdrops to tears, to the liquid released when tensions are released, according to Louise Bourgeois. I watched the work of those spiders, retracing the threads continuously with enviable efficiency. A few days later I started to weave with transparent plastic threads. I got into the construction of the plot without anticipating the final outcome; I had to knit quite a lot, build webs, always repeating my gestures continuously for hours. Sometimes I had the feeling of suspension of time and the intense involvement allowed the memory and emotions to surface. Doing became work…

With the accumulating and dense volume of the meshes in my lap, after the first few hours, I felt like if a lot of liquid had materialized by the movement of my fingers. I was overwhelmed by intense emotion and remembered when I use to knit many years ago, just to keep my hands busy, building utilitarian pieces. It was a mechanic job. Now the action takes me fully, the soul is present, is a pleasurable activity, a poetic work; there is an intention. It is essential the repetitive and involving gesture, which gives form to this material (tissue), but the project perspective is so much bigger.

The drawings began when the first modules were already advanced. I wanted to register the overlapping of threads, nodes, the wavy and uninterrupted line. I used many types of ink, feathers and pens, I even made some of bamboo. These changes generated particular interest because there were subtle differences in the line. As with the knitting of the yarns, also this act of drawing requested a repetition of the movement, continued attention and serenity (quietness). The eye fixed on the line of meshes, the already built, captures the line path and the hand translates into ink on paper and grooves on ink.

I think that once it got assembled, the modules acquired a drawing character in space, there was an increase, a mirror of both productions.

Then came the cocoon objects, some made in crochet technique, structured by seams and lead wires. And the production continues with etchings and painting on canvas, always emphasizing the line.

(*) Nexus, us: bonding, knot.entwinement

Nexus,a, um: tied, connected, series of causes.

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