"Guardian de los bosques", "Espiritu de los espantapajaros"

Elsie Wunderlich, Elmar Rojas2015

Guatemala - Biennale Arte 2015

Guatemala - Biennale Arte 2015
Venice, Italy

Elsie Wunderlich produces a series of works in bronze where the essence of the form is given by abstraction, full of ancient spirituality, which refers to natural or supernatural entity totemizzata. The old magic bronze, characterized by a dark patina on the surface, add an aura of mystery and intimacy with the works, which can be encoded as monuments aimed at recovering primordial expressiveness. The bronze, also, with the passage of time acquires a similar color to the vegetation and in this way the artist, with the use of this material, He can slavishly imitating nature and thus create a new comparison between training processes natural and those linked to the artistic.
The sculptures have a pyramid shape tapered at the base while the upper part is present in a conformation that recalls the natural elements of the leaves.
At the top, there is a face that blends with the crown of a tree, or sometimes located inside the petals of a flower. These sculptures show the man as the guardian of nature and in a position of inferiority before the greatness of the latter, only art can groped a symbiotic union.

The works of Rojas are like pages of a book in which the story captures the history of a people, its traditions and its enhancements.
It would be enough to "browse" the series of works "Espantapajaros" where common sense would attribute to a scarecrow function to repel the birds that feed on what is grown; in reality it is likely that the artist depicts this lifeless body in order to allude to a political and economic situation today, that of a people trying to escape from the "mummies" that have hit the country. The big problems of malnutrition, the huge disparity and inequality between the rich and the poor population, the concentration of land in the hands of a few large landowners, are the cause of profound social and economic implications
affecting the fasciapi ù vulnerable in society. Elmar Rojas leaves his signature by marking it as a fairy-tale tone constant witness of the presence of man and his continuous relationship with nature, opening wider considerations on the marks left by this environment, the relationship between artistic creativity and history.


  • Title: "Guardian de los bosques", "Espiritu de los espantapajaros"
  • Creator: Elsie Wunderlich, Elmar Rojas
  • Date Created: 2015

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