LE FEUVRE & ROZE
04.10.2018 – 03.11.2018
In this exhibition, which provided an overview of his work in recent years, Sixe Paredes reflected on the world he has created through his painting, sculpture, and weaving, with the intention of going deeper into his personal universe.
“COLOUR, SHAPE, AND MATERIAL”
“This new exhibition, entitled Color, Forma y Materia is a reflection on a whole world I have been creating over the last years through painting, sculpture, and weaving. It provides an overview of my work with the aim of delving deep into a personal universe born of a thousand experiences and texts”.
Sixe Paredes is as a self-taught artist who has learned through his own means, investigations, and practices during a career spanning over 25 years. His pictorial language runs the gamut from very personal representations—including a complete bestiary of creatures somewhat animal and somewhat human—to abstract forms enmeshed in the present, communicating through a system of elements and symbols, most of which have followed him through time, gradually evolving.
Though his artistic career has been characterized by different stages and series of works, the year 2009 marked a major turning point, resulting from a visit to Peru. In the following years, he continued travelling the country. Pursuing his investigations and working with local artists, Sixe there studied ancient ceramic and textile production techniques of pre-Columbian cultures now nearly forgotten, to his great dismay. He later expanded his artistic language by incorporating these techniques into his own work.
The repeated contact Sixe has had with Peru has created an evolution of his artistic discourse, and he has begun to develop a style that fuses the traditions he has learned with a contemporary perspective. He thus pays tribute to indigenous cultures in his search for what is essential, mixing past and present. His work is metaphorical and reflective in nature, arising from personal experience and not imitative. It seeks to demonstrate other ways of perceiving reality, from a profound and mystical perspective. It is the blending of these different styles and elements that gives his work its unique aesthetics.
This exhibition reveals the transformation Sixe’s artistic language has undergone and presents the various media his works have adopted over time. It shows how the artist, starting with a universe defined in series of his paintings, has focused on transforming compositional elements and ultimately achieved complete abstraction through removal of the barrier between figure and background. And it illustrates how Sixe has moved from the two-dimensional surface of the canvas to the three-dimensional forms of sculpture and textile compositions.
For this series of works projecting pictorial concepts into three dimensions, the artist achieves a transformation by continuously overlapping elements made of diverse materials: wool, cords, beads, pieces of wood he has painted, and fabrics he has woven. Each part of his compositions plays its role, contributing to the overall vision of a piece as well as to its subcomponents. This is reflected in certain works of the artist. Initial contemplation of these structures leaves us merely at a starting point, but a deeper look draws us into multiple planes, which also function in their own right. ‘I want to communicate this essence through my pieces, to absorb the attention of those who view them for as long as possible, so that they can construct in their minds an infinite number of compositions that diverge from my starting point and, in turn, lead me to discover new ways of seeing my own work, the images eliciting boundless reflection.’
In his works one notes heavy influence from Andean and Mesoamerican cultures, as well as from many other ancestral cultures, from thousand-year-old cosmologies of various origins across the ancient world, belying a profound interest in the connections existing between them—blending myths and legends, in a whirl of fluid colour, wisdom, and mysticism. And of course, Mother Nature, present in nearly every work, is yet another major influence. Indeed, Sixe’s pieces address themes and concepts that are always linked to Mother Nature, the cosmos and spirituality. With these reflective, hypnotic, profound works, the artist creates a language that points to various spatial dimensions and directions. Revolving around a single point, our perspective of them changes, expanding our understanding and vision of space and suggesting countless inspiring possibilities. This is mediated through multiple symbolic representations that interact on different planes and invite the viewer into Sixe’s world—at once unique and universal. It calls to mind an altered state of consciousness, a trance of colours and shapes embedded in a luminous chromatic spectrum, illuminating contrasts and vibrant energy.
The artist, drawing on a menagerie of organic or animal forms and ancestral figures, not only communicates in his own aesthetic language and symbols to explore the primordial realm, but—through painting, weaving, and sculpture—also confronts us with processes known to antiquity and still active today, because they are intrinsic to humanity, to the deepest, universal elements at the heart of being human, across time and space.
It is interesting to observe, in works such as those of the artist, elements of Incan cultures juxtaposed with contemporary languages—and further, to note how these cultures and their world views permeate European identities. A bridge is built between the precolonial ancestral past and the European present.
As Sixe says, ‘today, in the world we live in, we are drowned in predigested images that invite no reflection at all. On the contrary, they leave us mentally numb, lead us to stop thinking, and cause us to forget to use our innate imagination, our creative mind.’ Using a language replete with universal symbols and colour, through works that underscore the power symbols have to spark change and their important role as tools for remembering, ensuring continuity, and forging unity, Sixe Paredes—in the pieces selected for this exhibition—invites us to reflect, to think creatively and not slavishly, reviving our most ancestral consciousness, now dormant but engraved deeply within us. Because in a world that applauds individualism, the artist reminds us of what unites and connects us, what we all share and hold in common. sus trabajos hay una fuerte influencia de la cultura andina y mesoamericana, y también de otras muchas culturas ancestrales, cosmovisiones milenarias de diversas procedencias de todo el mundo antiguo, mostrando un profundo interés por la interconexión existente entre ellas compartiendo mitos y leyendas, con sus colores fluidos, su sabiduría y su misticismo, y por supuesto una gran influencia de la Naturaleza, presente prácticamente en toda su obra. Sus piezas, abordan temas y conceptos siempre vinculados con la conexión con la madre Naturaleza, el cosmos y la espiritualidad.
Trabajos reflexivos, hipnóticos y profundos, con los que genera un lenguaje que se refiere a las diferentes dimensiones y direcciones en el espacio. Girando sobre un mismo punto, la perspectiva de las obras varía, ampliando nuestro concepto y visión del espacio en un sinfín de inspiradoras posibilidades. A través de múltiples representaciones simbólicas que interactúan en diferentes planos y permiten al espectador entrar en ese universo tan particular y a la vez universal de Sixe, recordando un estado alterado de conciencia, un trance de colores y formas, todo ello envuelto en una gama cromática luminosa, en una luz de contrastes y energía vibrante.
No se trata solamente de que a través de formas orgánicas, animales, o figuras ancestrales, utilice su propio lenguaje y símbolos para explorar lo primordial, sino que utilizando diferentes soportes como la pintura, el telar y la escultura, nos acerca a procesos que se dieron en la antigüedad y que se repiten en la actualidad porque son intrínsecos a la humanidad, a lo más profundo y universal de la esencia del ser humano, en todos los tiempos y lugares.
Es interesante ver, en trabajos como el suyo, elementos de las culturas incaicas en relación con lenguajes contemporáneos, y más aún, ver como estas culturas y su cosmovisión permean a las identidades europeas. Establece una conexión entre lo ancestral precolonial y lo contemporáneo europeo.
Como el propio Sixe señala “hoy en día, en el mundo en el que vivimos, estamos saturados de imágenes masticadas, que no invitan a reflexión alguna, si no todo lo contrario. Al aturdimiento mental, induciendo a la no reflexión, a olvidarnos de utilizar nuestra imaginación innata, nuestra mente creativa”. Con un lenguaje lleno de símbolos universales y color, con obras que subrayan la fuerza de los símbolos como motor de cambio y también su importancia como herramientas para recordar, dar continuidad y unidad, Sixe Paredes en sus trabajos para esta exposición, nos invita a la reflexión, al pensamiento creativo y no impostado, rescatando nuestra conciencia más ancestral, hoy adormecida, pero grabada en nuestro ser más profundo, porque en un mundo donde se aplaude el individualismo, el artista nos recuerda aquello que nos une, lo que nos conecta, recuerda lo que nos es común a todos, lo que compartimos.
Laura García-Borreguero Gómez. Antropóloga Social y Cultural.