Celia Eslava: weaving, repetition and the cycle of life

July 02, 2019

Celia Eslava works in silence, putting together and pulling apart. Weaving is a constant theme in her work, and so is repetition. Memory is forged by repetition, she says. "We cannot recognize anything without repetition."

"Through repetition, we learn. Memory looks back, repetition looks forward. For me, life is action; it's movement. And like the action of weaving, it's a slow and unstoppable construction that at one point comes to an end, just as it had its beginning.

"Weaving is a rough representation of what it means to build a life. It's a way of looking at ourselves, towards our interior. It's a way of constructing ourselves as individuals.

"To give form to these thoughts, I use wool, porcelain and glass, materials that are associated with traditional crafts with archaic connotations.

"I also establish a link between the language of textile and that of nature, because both are of slow construction and represent a way of approaching the rhythm of life. My work is an allegory of the problems related to the female imagination."

An artwork in the classroom

January 09, 2021

Amid the Covid19 pandemic, school groups aren’t able to visit art galleries. But works of art can go to schools. This is the idea behind the project "An artwork in the classroom" launched by Itzal aktiboa.

The pyramid of chairs returns to Saint Jean Pied de Port

October 01, 2019

The pyramid made of recycled chairs painted by school children from the ikastolas of Baigorri, Donibane Garazi, Sohüta/Chéraute and Oztibarre has returned to Saint Jean Pied de Port after spending a month in Ordizia (Gipuzkoa) as part of an exhibition of paintings by Josette Dacosta.

Blanca Ortiga works as artist in residence at the Centro Huarte

May 21, 2019

Blanca Ortiga (Hornos de Moncalvillo, La Rioja, 1984) participated last year in the competition for the Itzal Aktiboa Prize. She is working until June 30 with another artist, Miguel Alejos (Valencia, 1995), as artist in residence in the Habitación exhibition space of the Centro de Arte Contemporaneo in Huarte (Navarre).

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