Gold Powder Mask Healing

Maria Veronica Leon Veintemilla2015

Ecuador - Biennale Arte 2015

Ecuador - Biennale Arte 2015

Gold, another capitalist symbol, another object of desire, another thing to fight for, another material misused is present in the exhibition in a different way, through photography, drawing, painting and video, recycling Ecuadorian ancestor’s practices who elaborated gold masks and objects using hammered and embossing techniques. Our ancestors reflected their own physiognomies, unusual bodies and masks, and beyond their original physiognomies and wisdom is their resemblance with the God Sun. But these faces could be seen also like unique, bizarre and extra-terrestrial creatures communicating in deep space.

In “Gold Powder Mask Healing”, the artist is reflected like a timeless creature, materialized by her own masks and acrylic chemical composition, that reflect her Latin traces in a contemporary universal locality, with a developed consciousness of today and tomorrow’s phenomena. This particular artwork is made in different medias: self-portrait, photography (on Hahnemuhle and metal), and painting on photography.

"One of my goals is to open a new gap of creation with gold, authentic or artificial, to place it in an exclusive artistic context, with innovative ideas and aesthetic different applications. I will launch some capital ideas so that gold may be elaborated in a new way within the territory from which it has been extracted, to preserve it for the internal cultural and socio-economic development of the population, and to stimulate the production and exportation of art made with gold, for a positive revolution in the national and international market".

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  • Title: Gold Powder Mask Healing
  • Creator: Maria Veronica Leon Veintemilla
  • Date Created: 2015
  • Location Created: Dubai, U.A.E.
  • Physical Dimensions: 163 x 109.5 cm
  • Provenance: Artist Collection, made for the 56 Biennale di Venezia
  • Type: Photography
  • Rights: Copyright held by the artist
  • External Link: Artist web
  • Medium: Photography on Hahnemuhle complete with dry mounting onto 3mm alucobond with hanging system