© 2019 aurora del rio

(seeing is believing the things that one sees)

“The Golden Bird” is a site specific installation for North Willow's gallery space in Montclair, New Jersey.

 

The work originated as a dialog with the homonym fairy tale from the brothers Grimm. I am reflecting on and from this tale and in particular on the character of the fox, a mutating figure. The idea of the map is here seen as a metaphorical path through the mutating body/territory. 

The map is in a dialogue with the symbolic, alluding to/representing something else.  A map is an access key towards a space and pretends to resemble something completely different from its own aesthetical form. It is not necessarily relevant whether the reality represented by a map exists or not, since the map can perfectly symbolize either a fictive or a real space. I question the concept of reality. I ask myself what can be defined as real. I wonder if it is possible to state that something exists and that something else does not. If we believe in the way that something can model our interaction with the environment, we can in concrete terms, create a reality to be inhabited.

In the children’s games of pretend, a place overlaps another place, and a physical space gains the capability to be simultaneously a different place. In this translation there lies a greater space for potential: a rupture on the narrative can create access to another system.

The transforming body becomes the territory that hosts two maps: the floor plan of North Willow Gallery and the map of Lascaux Cave. The dimensions are based on the measurements of the windows of the attic, referring to Pavel Florensky’s conception of the icon as a transitional point between two worlds.