Gema Alava-Crisostomo (b. 1973, Madrid, Spain)
Patrones de Fe (Fe's Patterns), 2003
Paper patterns, pins, leedles, thread
Courtesy Lance Fung Gallery, New York
Composed of antiquated clothing patterns, pins, needles and thread, Patrones de Fe (Fe's Patterns), make use of the historical and cultural connotations of certain tools and materials that are usually identified as feminine and domestic. Here, however, the delicate and subtle materials communicate an unlikely sensation—that of walking on a fragile tightrope. While the aged and fragmented paper patterns evoke human presence and corporeal frailty, they also represent the power of memory. The lines of the patterns, threads and needles joined by their shadow, conjure up a city map-like geography on the wall which invites the viewer to enter a calm but intense space.
Patrones de Fe illuminates the natural contradiction of the power of fragility and the age-old saying "less is more."