18.10 – 27.10
Héctor Velázquez’s work weaves itself into the exploration of the body as a connector to our inner self and to the world that surrounds us. Through deeply intimate representations of the body, he surveys each of the senses, explores genealogical ties and maps that link between our physical and spiritual existence.
Most striking, and now trademark of the artist, is the use of intensely colourful yarn to cover sculptures that have been moulded from his own or others’ bodies. This excruciatingly detailed technique renders not only visually striking works but engages with the viewers’ emotions directly. The softness of the yarn that dresses his sculptures demands from us to feel more than to what visual stimulation can alone provide. An immediate urge to touch, to wonder, to explore, to connect, to empathise, is the result of the artist’s deeply emotional commitment to his works. The use of self-portraits and imagery of those close to him resonates immediately, as they are shared without cultural borders.