ALL in the BOX Collection - Introduction

 

ALL in the BOX is a series of expressionistic sculptures featuring human forms with rigid and contorted positions, all with a common discourse: WE LIVE TRAPPED IN AN IMAGINARY BOX.

Society imposes "walls" that limit us in our childhood, locking us in a mental box of uncertainties, obsessions and stereotypes.

As adults we are still inside this box but its walls are no longer imposed from the outside, now they are in our memory and we prevent ourselves from leaving the rigidity of the mold and be happier. This box represents the specific personality that every person has built in his childhood to receive love and avoid pain.

This collection of pieces intends to show some vertices and edges and invites us to consider if they are in our own box.

The last sculptures of the series speak of the experience when trying to get out of that tight space which we have come to inhabit. It is not easy to change the patterns we have repeated all our life, and we can experience an emptiness and a fear of the unknown.

A final thought reflects on how our personality, built during childhood, accompanies us throughout life. No matter how far we go, we will always be burdened by our limitations as light or heavy as they might be.

 

Fake ceiling

15x16x14cm

 

The first piece of the series is the most directly metaphor of a person tight in rigid and unnatural limits. Only a narrow ceiling on top is presented as barrier, though the body is contained within the cube that only exists in the mind of the person.

Spinning head

24x14x11cm

 

This piece talks about how the obsession with problems limits our existence.

The problem feeds the mind. The head is overloaded with thoughts, cannot stop spinning and this inertia makes it more and more difficult to stop. Problems become an obsession, spinning in the mind and provoking anxiety due to overload.

The burden of the past

25x28x15cm

 

The child grows up, but never learns to live because he is carrying the heavy burden of the past.

The consumed body is holding on his back a weight too heavy. The child who was in the past remains wounded and follow the adult wherever he goes. The person cannot stand up, cannot mature and reach his potential.

Self-consumption

30x29x16cm

 

Running away from the world into our inner self will lead us to self-consumption.

The body folds over itself, it wants to be protected from the outside world which is perceived as hostile. The mouth looks for food and finds its own breast. The outside world does not work because the relationship is painful, the mind thinks that it is not needed. However nutrients from the inside are depleted and the isolated person consumes itself into its own emptiness.

Defenseless child

20x23x20cm

 

Fear paralyzes the child, and when he grows up, he is unable to realize that he is stronger than the monsters he feared.

The adult is still living in his childhood as he had no capacity to defend himself from that monster which frightened him so much, forgetting that fear can be crossed through.

Family commitments

30x28x15cm

 

Each partner in the couple percibes the other as a barrier to her/his dreams, and the child is the casualty in this struggle.

The couple is twisted each other to stay together, even if the position is uncomfortable. The child learns that love and suffer walk hand in hand.

Birth

21x43x17cm

 

This work is a change of perspective in the collection. It does not speak about a specific limit but to transcend it. Represents the suffering to get out of our box, overstepping known boundaries to be born into the unknown.

As in any birth, pain is the price to pay for a new life, now without those self-imposed walls.

Let me in!

50x40x23cm

 

The new sense of freedom can be experienced as falling into the void, without the security that we feel content inside the cage.

The body is floating outside but the head remains inside the box attached to the old patterns, afraid to fall and denying the release..

Always together

33x18x32cm

 

Although our box is not feel as a burden, it will always remain with us because it is part of our being.

Accepting life is accepting its spiral of time in every moment, moving forward and stumbling, with our tools and limitations, without walking on the same place twice.