The table is ready for a big banquet: finely decorated fountains, plates, tureens, teapots embraced by garlands, cups … an eclectic tableware in which nothing is lacking and where only poetry can be served. Alice, the Mad Hatter, the Cheshire Cat or any other fantasy character Lewis Carroll They would be the ideal guests to this buffet where the delicacies are the illusions. Isabel Ulzurrun (Madrid, 1955) has set the table for a party in which no one has to worry about breaking the porcelain since the 110 pieces that compose it are of glued and embroidered tarlatan, cardboard, wires, wool and paper. The spiritual banquet is served inside the exhibition Cultivating the heartbeat that can be seen in the Real Casa de la Moneda de Segovia Until March 31st.
"Each piece is the result of a different process, I am not methodical, I do not add proportions or formulas, so there are not two equal pieces, not even in their composition", says the artist before her large table, 10 meters long and titled Prose threads waiting for verses, in which he has worked for more than a year and which he has created specifically for this exhibition in a 16th century building projected by Juan de Herrera and located in the Eresma Valley.
"I have played with the space that houses the work, with the sobriety of the building, I have also painted the carpet to give a sense of continuity and I have placed surfaces to create different heights on the table, for me it is like a musical composition," he explains. Ulzurrun that presents in Segovia a hundred works. Formed in the eighties in the Art Institute of Chicago, he has worked in film and advertising and it is from the turn of the century when he focuses on art, with his textile sculptures, installations and performances, alternating seasons in Mexico with others in Madrid.
In the installation Pulse, that shares space with the banquet for the eyes, the artist gathers visual poems on small tables and invites the visitor to sit, alone or accompanied, almost to maintain a pulse with the piece made with wires, paper cuttings and small materials trouvés. A pulse in which the house almost always wins and starts a smile of complicity to the viewer.
The exhibition, curated by Eva González with works from 2017 to 2019, gathers other facilities such as What do you have in mind?, in which 10 bizarre hats crown as many chairs so that anyone who wants to portray himself with one of the headdresses and hang his photograph on a panel, or Sciatica with Dickens, a large series of small pencil drawings (101) in which the artist has imagined what the characters of the novelist would be like. "I had to be at rest for a long time due to sciatica, and during those days I read Dickens, then these characters began to appear that I could not stop drawing, it was as if they had a life of their own and wanted to appear", recalls the artist while discovering the faces of happiness and surprise of the visitors to the show.