Belen C Millan

Substratos
Belen Millan

Substratos is a story about renewal and rebirth. Here my interest has been the traces that deeper layers leave on the surface. In fact, as layers of skin are changed, when new layers appear, the new surface is marked by inner scars, by remains, which constitute the individual history of living organisms. I have worked with beeswax and photographs of the interior and exterior of plants and tree barks, all printed on extremely fine Tengucho paper (5 and 9 gr). The upper layers open up like scars to show the lower ones, and the beewswax, the natural element that integrates all the pieces, brings movement, transparency and new wholeness to the living organism.

In Arterias, I focus on the primordial function of the peridermis: to bring the sap to the organism and nourish it through a complex network of communicating vessels. Here the peridermis emerges with virulence on the outside creating a third dimension on the surface, giving rise to low reliefs that fill the surface with irregularities. Light and darkness appear randomly on the surface according to how the work is bathed in light. The series Arterias with translucent and opaque arteries in ivory and black also evoke the oscillation between life and death – a permanent and necessary flow.

Arterias V

Arterias V
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Arterias VI

Arterias VI
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Arterias VII

Arterias VII
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Arterias II

Arterias II
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Arterias III

Arterias III
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Substratos I

Substratos I
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Substratos II

Substratos II
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Substratos III

Substratos III
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Substratos VIII

Substratos VIII
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