Catalina León Statement

I understand the artistic practice – in terms of symbolic production – as the possibility to prepare the mind to explore an uncertain terrain, to think without thoughts or, more precisely, to address what lays ahead not only with the mind but with body and emotions as well. I conceive it as the capability to break the logic of established discourses, of calculation and speculation, understanding that comprehension can also mean not knowing. It is not about rejecting discursive logic in favor of imagination, but about the possibility of putting them together, creating instances of more comprehensive understanding.

I approach painting as if it were aninterlocutor who is always one step ahead of conscience, creating between us a breach where the mind scratches the surface but is not in control, helping to produce a comprehension leap. I thus approach the works asI would an oracle. The essential questions around which my interests and my artistic production revolve are related to the direct connection between pain and joy, loss and ability to transform – and the role of images and symbols in that process.

I work making installations, paintings and embroidery on different media: cotton fabric, plaster plate, wood, canvas, tree leaves, earth, plants. I explore the possibilities of these materials, coupling my practice to their organic form. While I work, I move forward without knowing where I'm heading. I don't have a clear plan or a finished image in mind, just a fewoutlines, atmospheres, questions that float around and physical gestures that mutate in an accumulation oftrials and errors. In my works there are no definite answers; instead there are layers, textures of sense and countersense. Media marked with traces of an unfinished conversation that resembles a party, or a private rite, pierced by time, context and human bonding.

Through my doing, I try to understand not only who I am, but also what it means to be a person in this world.To do so, I try to take my personal account to a more abstract place where the narrative melts, broadening up to provide a clearerview. I believe that this in turnallows other stories to eventually be projected onto those images, in the hope that representation will be the means to remember and give shape to palpitatinglife.