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"Poor little bundles, messed up in life, deceased. With no more mouth, no more eye, no more nose, no more hearing. Decorated little bundles. They want to say something, but they can't, they're bundles. …" These are the verses Serrano wrote in 1964 to refer to his series Little Bundles (Fajaditos) characterized by deformed, disproportionate figures which are completely bundled up, not to heal them but to immobilize them and hide most of their anatomy. Only some of them have their mouths or hands still visible, which adds to the sensation of monstrosity of this series in which, due to its grotesque character, the influence of Goya's later work can be seen. Some people have interpreted this series as speaking out against the lack of freedom of expression. Others have seen a portrait of those who have no voice or presence in current society. It could be considered that the Little Bundles, which have a timeless significance, are those far outside the margins set by society which Serrano neither judges nor observes with mercy or repulsion. Within the series, completely primarily in bronze, this Little Bundle is one of the most unique due to its very distinct treatment, leaning towards creating the final work with wood, gauze, and an image of a baby in plaster, obtaining a realism that underlines the rawness of the series.

Details

  • Title: Little Bundle
  • Creator: Pablo Serrano
  • Date: 1964
  • Physical Dimensions: 460 x 130 x 170 mm
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Gobierno de Aragón
  • External Link: CERES MCU
  • Medium: Mixed technique (plaster, bandage, esparto grass and wood)
  • Photograph: Selenio fotografía
  • Cultural context: Spanish art from the second half of the 20th century. New realism. New humanism.

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