Floating Landscapes: A fragment of Chile’s geography
The work of Francisca Eluchans is focused on the transformation from traditional photography into new media, working mainly with three-dimensional art, sculpture and
In the exhibition Floating Landscape: a fragment of Chile’s geography, the artist works with a new idea of landscape by building geographical-shaped sculptures from her own photography work.
Attracted by the topography, materials and different volumes that are found in Chile’s geography and landscapes, the artist registers different spaces through her camera lens.
Eluchans works on the concept of territory and what is it that we understand by landscape. The artist poses a hypothesis that not all territory equals to landscape - it is through the viewer’s experience that then it is transformed into such.
The exhibition arises after a long period of research over the possibility of transferring through her artistic work her own involvement with the landscape and the possibility of projecting that experience at an exhibition space.
The exhibition consists of two large-format pieces. The first, a hanging mobile built from photographs of the Chilean geography; and the second, an intervened and manipulated
The artwork Floating Landscape is a large format mobile that gathers 150 hanging photographic images tied to small stones that give it weight, fall, and movement and, resembling a mosaic of sorts, when the images are reunited, they reconstitute a landscape. The work raises a paradoxical relationship between natural and artificial elements, by associating constructed objects and images made with natural elements such as stones.
The second work to be exhibited is Paisaje Rocoso, a paper print of high resistance which is intervened through different folds that speak of the personal experience of the artist at that landscape and how she has tried through modifying the image to convey and project her own experience to the artistic space.
Francisca Eluchans seeks to transform photographic records into a body of volume, making it almost sculptural, representing her sensitive experience.
She proposes that landscape is first of all an idea, a mental projection that we want to materialize and preserve..
As they say, for most people who look at a landscape, a capsule will form. That capsule is not as small as you think.
The capsule is the medium between the landscape and the contemplator. If the contemplator could pluck that capsule and take it away he would be immeasurably happy, he would conquer paradise on earth.
But it takes extreme delicacy, prodigious strength and knowing what is being done. It's like pulling off a tree with all its roots.
Henri Michaux, Fragment of "In the country of magic" (1948).