PRACTITIONER – Doris Salcedo

Library & Internet research

Doris Salcedo (born 1958) is a Colombian-born sculptor. Through her installation artwork Doris Salcedo addresses "the question of forgetting and memory". Her works are typically a junction point, a crossing place for different objects, forms and meanings. Salcedo's practice removes meaning from things by declassifying them, wrenching them out of one form without supplying another, since the hybrid condition they end up in leaves them suspended in a permanent state of formal hesitation. Salcedo's eye is always on second-hand materials that come with a story attached, even if its narrative is silenced. Her placement of the work within a context of intellectual history activates another set of conditions that insists on the anthropological dimension of these dislocated ghosts of the domestic interior, these traces of an absent way of life. The power of these works is in their capacity to stand as a form of mute witness, the truncations and elisions that lock them into a set of formal relations always involving a sense of violence against aesthetic judgement, a judgement that is not segregated from questions of social function but centred in them. In a sense, the Salsedo sculpture is the fullest realization of this germ, which develops into an awareness that conversely, nothing is truly shared, free from the taint of alienation with the loss of a regulated space and time that allows for a freedom of movement into and out of the grounds of the social.

5,000 roses placed on a wall in memory of James Garzon, Bogota, Colombia, August 1999. l.150 m

These installations sustain practice of BRICOLAGE: assembling of artefacts produced in a particular time and place but united in a work of art that could be shown anywhere in the world, anytime.



Doris Salcedo's art: La Casa Viuda I. 1992-1994

One of the most famous Doris Salcedo's work: Shibboleth (2007)

167 metre-long fissure in the concrete floor of Tate Modern’s Turbine Hall. In breaking open the floor of the museum, Salcedo is exposing a fracture in modernity itself. Her work encourages us to confront uncomfortable truths about our history and about ourselves with absolute candidness, and without self-deception.

PROCESS – Continue

I was thinking about this area a great deal of time. I found that our life is continuation process itself: birth, maturing, death... Other ideas appeared after looking various books and visiting museums.  

Continuation of life

The structure of the family. Parenting. Development of the world.

A letter to son

Words. Fusion of the words

Mel Bochner

The movement of words in a circle.

People in the streets. This is a dance of the feet, of the life: infinite life.

V&A museum

Military Secret by James Rigler. Trajan's Column. James has taken the military history of the column and the idea of the secret space within as inspiration to create this piece. ( Continuation of the history )

TATE Modern

HENRY WESSEL. Incidents. " The photographs are arranged in a delicate order, beginning to the right of the doorway. ( Order - Continuation )

Maria Helena Vieira da Silva. The Corridor 1950

Lee Ufan. From Line 1978

Continuity of the corner

MATERIAL – glass

With the development of man's knowledge and technical skills, various methods of using glass have been developed. Now humanity knows a great deal of different ways of using, producing, colouring glass. We can find glass almost everywhere, and the modern life gives people a lot of opportunity to improve this material not only in practical area but as an art object too.

Glass Between the Wars

Human Nature

Installation in V&A is designed by the American, Paris-based glass artist Jeremy Maxwell Wintrebert in collaboration with Perrier-Jouet.

TATE Modern

1. Hans Haacke – Condensation Cube 1963-5 2.Larry Bell – Untitled

Steffen Dam – Jellyfish installation

I found a beetle in this exhibit and was inspired of it.

Lucas Samaras. Box

Terence Koh. Untitled ( New World Order Lies in this Golden Age) 2006

Library research

Erwin Eisch – Eight Heads of Harvey Littleton

Dennis Oppenheim – Beehive Volcano

Glass in architecture

Side view of the second Arnhem bridge, a combination of a bridge and glass stair


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