We move and displace ourselves from the moment we are born. We try to identify with objects from an early age, in order to make a connection between our inner reality and the world outside of us. 1
When an individual displaces themselves to an unknown geographic space, deliberately placing oneself in an alien context, they transform into the fundamental protagonist of a challenge, a challenge that is often initiated with the acceptance of loneliness. Nonetheless we are able to enjoy the freedom that anonymity allows us and to appreciate the possibilities that uncertainty offers us.
Vanessa Donoso López traces the journey from a familiar place to an unknown environment, and the type of experiences one encounters in order to assimilate in this transition. This instaltallation for ART on PAPER, attempts to deal with this notion of a struggle between the enjoyment of experiencing a new environment and at the same time the pain of trying to adjust to it.
For this show Donoso López works with transitional objects, such as collected and handmade furniture, objects in glass boxes and various plants that act as vessels, holding the experience of surviving and changing in altering contexts. The plants are presented as traces of their original self made from a homemade laser machine- rekindling a sort of low-tech artisanal skill.
The boot hosts a small section of what could be a greenhouse structure, which like so many of Donoso López pieces, acts as a container and a laboratory in which plants can alter and grow. This space invites the audience to walk in and around the objects within, traversing elements of the artist’s “inner psychic reality” and “external reality” and her past and present. The provisionality of the structure and the imperfect domestic objects talk of the balance between being settled and being uprooted. Vanessa Donoso López ‘s work is committed to exploring concepts of transitional phenomena allied to contemporary life, with its cross-cultural identity and narratives, its mutability and intricacy, and its potential for the loss of identity, language, and compatibility with original cultures.
1 In 1951 English paediatrician and psychoanalyst Denis W. Winnicott introduced the theory of transitional object. This object, he suggested occupies an intermediate space between the “inner psychic reality” and the “external reality”.