Residence @ Flora Ars+Natura | Grant 35-55 | 2017
Working with materials of high symbolic content is part of my training as a jeweler and I have always looked for associations of unexpected materials in the context of contemporary art.
Crystal sugar has its origins in India and Persia. Arab writers of the first half of the 9th century described the production of crystal sugar, obtaining crystals as a result of the cooling of supersaturated sugar solutions. To speed up crystallization, confectioners learned to dip small twigs into the solution for the crystals to grow there.
This phenomenon is scientifically called: heterogeneous nucleation.
Sweetness connects us symbolically with pleasant situations, delicate and brittle forms, it is often associated with the fragility.
Following these precepts, I started to elaborate environments or biospheres where these crystals could grow. My interest resides in the very essence of the material. The natural crystallization processes are completed after thousands of years and are the result of movements, pressures and very violent telluric forces. Sugar crystallization requires absolute stillness or abandonment. Any vibration or abrupt change could ruin the process.