Palacios (fantasy structures)
Palacios (fantasy structures) is a series of small abstract baskets. Begun in 2019, this series attends to the insistent drive to re/member and the repetitive and reparative impulse to re/place what is lost. Memory here is condensed, spatial, temporal, and somatic, where the haptic encounter with plastic materials re/forms personal and inherited experience. Combining coded color combinations and intuitive forms, Palacios (fantasy structures) generates intimate objects of personal and relational ‘befores’.
Removed from its utilitarian function and traditional formal elements, coiled basketry is repurposed here for the shaping of open subjective interiors and for the activation of contemplative durations. Together, these baskets keep, store, and gather the work of re/making memory, which oftentimes involves the re/structuring of certain fantasies: that memory is stable; that it is accessible and available; that it can be recovered; that it is individual; that it can (be) repair(ed). Repetition of process and form also points at the psychic labor against forgetting.
Made of brightly colored plastic cores, these baskets clear a bit of space for remembering. They vibrantly hold a place for what can never be re/placed. They hold the empty vibrating space that remains. Together, they are a collection of plastic memory palaces quietly waiting. . . .