Delcy Morelos: Working with Soil to Free the Soul
The Colombian artist focuses on unlocking the creative and spiritual power of geometry, color, and the land.
Julián Sánchez González, Delcy Morelos
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Julián Sánchez González: Delcy, the soil as raw material has been the starting point of your installations for over a decade. What process led you to work with this material?
At the beginning, my work was mostly focused on finding the origins of the violence in my country: racism, the glaring social divide, and the ravenous ambition of landlords to expand their already large estates. These dynamics stripped rural people of their small plots while threatening them with death, with statements such as, “If you don’t sell us your land, we’ll buy your widow.” The land is still an element in dispute in the armed conflict; it is an obsession that triggers inequality, and it is the booty of all wars. The land is the first asset we seek to possess, yet we turn it into an evil that unleashes violence. I soon began to wonder how to approach the land through different inquiries, and how to address such a pure and vital matter with reverence and awe.
What is the role of color in your work?
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