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Mariana del Castillo:
Limbo Mania

21 August - 15 November 2009
Gallery 4

An installation displaying combined elements of realism and absurdity with mystical qualities that arouse and reveal past and present memories and emotions by Mariana Del Costillo. .


limbo,
noun. 1. the state of being disregarded
or forgotten 2. an imaginary place for lost or neglected things 3. (theology) in Roman Catholicism, the place of unbaptised but innocent or righteous souls (such as infants
and virtuous individuals)

When I was a child growing up in Ecuador the nuns would show us Hieronymous Bosch’s triptych painting, The garden of earthly delights (c1504), pointing to the right panel representing hell and proclaim loudly that the consequences of insolence would land you in this ghoulish place. Staring at the panel of hell it appeared to me more like a circus. Heaven or ‘the garden of Eden’ depicted in the left panel, although full of animals, appeared subdued, sombre and without mischief or particular pleasure. I was drawn to the central panel depicting purgatory or limbo, which seemed to be a joyous free-for-all without inhibition or reason.

In my art practice I have always preferred
well-worn found objects, items that bear the presence of human existence, so it felt strange when I was drawn to the yellow caution tape and started sewing the strips into workable pieces. The tape holds a certain contemporary currency and we have all seen it wrapped around scenes of disaster. In this installation
I have combined elements of realism and absurdity with mystical qualities that arouse
and reveal past and present memories and emotions.

Mariana del Castillo



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