Copyright 2014. TATI OSSA (CLARA I. OSSA) . All Rights Reserved.
Original text in Spanish: Clara Ossa - Tati Ossa (2004 - 2015)
Web page design: Mariale Arboleda (2015)
Curated and translated: Nicolas Marquez (2015)
Miniature construction bricks (1cm x 1cm), painted with industrial enamel.
Wanderings, my steps, documented through thousands of photographic instants which I have saved in my computer. A plethora of thoughts I’ve had in the past, dance in my mind as I sit in front of the monitor watching the photos: these thoughts will not be translated into words but into feelings that emerge through shape, light and color.
Hours of observation later I select. Shifting the actual sizes of these selected images, some are blown up and others turn into tiny squares, creates stories that, for some reason or for “no-reason” permeate my soul.
Days slide by…
I stay away from the computer. It all begins with the grouping of 64 tiny bricks (in arrays of 8 rows, 8 columns). This allows me to execute the delicate phase of painting on them and later to fragmentation. Fine tip brushes, a magnifying glass and numerous cans of paint surround me. I feel the photographs becoming alive on my hands. Extremely detailed sensations of movement and control. I glide into another dimension:
Reality - Mirages - Dreams - Illusions.
Inside this new found dimension there’s only silence. I see the Gems exhibited in a grand, confined space. Darkness. In the back of the room only a few independent bulbs light each art piece as a spotlight would do to a celebrity’s aura.
Each painting is a gem concealing a particular memento of life, a treasure kept inside a glass urn which can only be reached, in a visual dazzle, with the help of a strategically placed magnifying glass.
A whole story in each teeny-tiny painting.
I invite YOU to enter into the detailed creation of these life gems and allow your imagination navigate within them and create your own experience.