*MARGARITA CHECA CONJUGATES TECHNICAL MASTERY AND ECOLOGICAL THOUGHT IN HER SCULPTURES OF LARGE FORM * STARTING TOMORROW “IN THE WEB OF LIFE” EXHIBITION AT LUCIA DE LA PUENTE ART GALLERY
Once you overcome the impression created by the large form of the sculptures, the proof of her technical skill and her knowledge of the wood’s possibilities, what fascinates is the balance between forcefulness and fragility that can be seen in Margarita Checa’s work. Maybe the best example is represented by “Logos”, sculpture in which the artist carves the most delicate embrace between a giant, six and a half feet tall in yacushapana wood and his smaller couple in olive wood. “I am that. One becomes strong because one carries his weak side. Deep inside the duality between fragility and forcefulness doesn’t exist. Everything is intercommunicated.
Everything is always a unit. What is done to the thread, is also done to all the web”, points out the artist, who after five years comes back to the gallery circuit of the capital after creating an established career in the United States and Central America. For Checa, the sculpture is nothing else but to give form to an imagined feeling, which acquires milimetric precision. In “The Web of Life”, exhibition that starts tomorrow at Lucia de la Puente Art Gallery – Saenz Pena 206, Barranco, – feelings are related to femininity, original myths and what she considers a sort of environmental philosophy.
A master in the craving of wood and in the work of inlay, Checa worn out the possibility of growing in metal and
found this material instead. “My work is, in fact, to transform the energy of wood”, she states. And among all her choices, the artist confesses her weakness is for olive. “It’s an alive material, always changeable. It’s always going to expand, to swell, to crack, it’s all part of the process. I am always amazed by its loyalty. If you know it well, the olive becomes an accomplice in your work”, she notices.
Her melancholic and sensual art pieces share the room with her characteristic children, mysterious and intimate. “One can’t let go of the inner child. He encourages you to keep finding the surprises in life. You can only find things by staying alert”, advise.