SÃO PAULO | ZÜRICH

 
SÃO PAULO | ZÜRICH

Katia Salvany

Katia Salvany
Rafael Kamada

Katia Salvany

The Shell, the Sword, the Cut and the Love

28 Oct – 23 Nov 2019

Opening
26 Oct, 11h–15h


Kogan Amaro Gallery
Alameda Franca, 1054
Jardim Paulista, São Paulo, SP

The Shell, the Sword, the Cut and the Love

In the open groove created by a gouge held by Katia Salvany, runs a blue river. It molds dresses, shells and drawers. It runs through the strands of hair and the expressions on the female faces that pay close attention to the viewer. At the same time as it draws, the slit connects the supports showcased in The Shell, the Sword, the Cut and the Love (A Concha, Espada, Corte e Amor), the artist’s first exhibition at the Kogan Amaro Gallery.

Katia is a research-driven artist. She investigates with a curious eye the contamination between engraving, painting, performance and video. Her work begins with a feeling and, like a river, runs through each medium like if it were a fraction of a movie. This is because her sublime interest is the body and the traces it leaves in time/space. Even when it is not there anymore, the human figure leaves its print, either in figures or in memories, composing the narrative. “Women and shells with drawers, suspended against white paper, painted and drawn with cuts on wood, are like metaphors of the many feminine lives and stories that cross my body,” she explains.

 

Engravings, paintings and three-dimensional pieces serve at times as props, at times as protagonists of a fictional narrative which transits between static and movement. They act as a representation of the genres still life and self-portrait that are exposed to Katia gouges and are made using the mokulito technique, an alternative process based on the principles of lithography, but that use wood as a base. This process makes the print into a unique work, with invented perspectives, through which it distorts objects to remove their interiority in an attempt to incarnate them with its own presence.

Katia’s multiplicity does not fit in drawers. The fidelity of her composition is the artistic soul, which she plunges into each genre, as is the case with the works of Joan Jones and Kiki Smith. A piece of work that seeks the density that each platform has to offer. Be it her, her alter ego, the experience is the needed key to dive into her blue river.

Ana Carolina Ralston
Curator