Macarena Gross and Reyes Abad (PhD)
Constructed landscapes, from the ‘Salicornias series. Landscapes of Silence’
photograph, paper, thread, framed in wooden box and paper
this work is unique
200 x 80 cms (with frame)
About the series
The 'Salicornias' series follows an aesthetic research that tries to materialize the relationship between certain landscapes and moments, both close to silence. Colour white prevails. A moving abstraction as opposed to plastic forcefulness justifies the current vision of a world that is both distant and close at the same time. A scenario that extrapolates that idea of the moon's footprint, of human presence, that does not conquer it completely. In the background, the deep semantic charge of the Earth itself.
“The usual tranquility of the countryside seems to have been transferred to the city. Silence is now common in both places. A silence that sounds uncomfortable, sometimes alien, but necessary. As Saint Ignatius of Loyola said, ‘in moments of crisis, stillness’.
Stillness is the silence of the body. Meanwhile, nature takes over the urban landscape, growing without limits, demanding attention, a place, care. Bounded or free, it finally appears with the defiant force of its fine stems. Shelters of diversity, as Clement would say in ' The Third Landscape'. The intangible values of this new landscape are infinite and sometimes they imply a journey to the most intimate part of the human being, his memory, his desires, his emotions, his identity.
‘Everything was a clamor of hearts and looks. And the air was full of distances, neighborhoods, villages, banks and plains of spikes and poppies’ (Romero Murube, ‘Silencios de Andalusia, p.241).
I would like to imagine a future rich in time. I've tasted the luxury of being able to arrange it. What's the hurry? It's time to stop and take stock. To every age, a landscape. Built, deconstructed, rebuilt. A silent landscape, elegant simplicity, like perennial wisdom, where nature is the protagonist, the human presence is relegated to the heart and technology is at the service of the Earth and humanity.
Let's start with food to combat change, as Satish Kumar would say in his book ‘Tourists or Pilgrims’: "A pilgrim is someone who sees life as a sacred journey, who sees the Earth as a sacred home, who sees the universe as a process”.
Every day, work with your hands and tell the truth."
Macarena Gross (Madrid,1982)
Macarena Gross Ariza es fotógrafa e investigadora. Máster en “Ciudad y Arquitectura Sostenible” (Escuela Técnica Superior de Arquitectura de Sevilla), Máster en Fotografía Profesional (EFTI, Madrid). Su trabajo artístico se centra en investigar la relación entre la fotografía y otros medios artísticos como una herramienta urbana y de sensibilización. La relación entre naturaleza, arquitectura, paisaje, medio ambiente y mística son temas en los que está interesada. Siempre en busca del nuevo papel de la fotografía en el arte contemporáneo, sus imágenes surgen de la intersección de los diferentes medios.