MARTA PALAU: NAUALLI
Place Published: México, D.F
Publisher: Turner; Conaculta ; Gobierno de Michoacán ; UNAM…
Date Published: 2006
ISBN: 9789689056027 (Tur
Book Id: 83978
b/w, duo tone and color plates., ports., facs., visual poetry, cat., bio/chron., bibls., color pict. d.j., OCLC: 122556714 .
A retrospective of artist Palau (b. Spain 1934, has lived in Mexico since 1940) and her artwork created from 1962 to 2003. The artist started as an engraver and later experimented with diverse techniques (painting, monumental sculpture, tapestry and istallation) and materials (mud, wood, corn leaves amate paper) and has recently been fascinated with the rock art of Baja California although her main inspirational topic continues to be the conficted border between Mexico and the United States. The concept "Naualli" that gives the book its name, it's a feminine chaman, an ancestral combination of witch, sorceress, healer and fortune teller that Palau first represented in 1989 as a vaginal opening and still uses in her creations along with other pieces inspired by the forms of worship and mythology of the descendants of the K'miai, Cochimi, Cucapah, Pai Pai and Kiliwa and other ethnic groups of which fewer than 20 remains. Includes some good information on the circle of avant guarde artist/friends around her such as Matais Goeritz, Francisco Elso, and her famous workshop at the Second Havana Biennial. The book includes texts by art historians: José Luis Barrios, Emilio Carballido, Rita Eder, Renato González Mello, Cuauhtémoc Medina, Gerardo Mosquera, Francisco Reyes and Ida Rodríguez. An important reference. ENGLISH AND SPANISH TEXTS.