THE FARAWAY NEARBY
Pinky Ibarra Urmaza’s latest series is her ode to books, the main source of material and inspiration for several of her past shows. She has been particularly drawn to old books because of their history, textures and physical condition, often incorporating fragments of them into her collages.
Like Solnit, Urmaza’s fascination with books began in her childhood, when she found herself inside her grandfather’s ancestral home, surrounded by old books and encyclopedias, damaged by floods and weathered with age. Her love for books continued in adulthood, important for both research and pleasure in reading.
The collages are made from fragments of old books that seem to have been burned, broken or destroyed. Torn and cut up parts of covers, spines and pages leave us wondering about the stories they carried, now partially rescued and reconfigured for the artist’s intention. As viewers of art, we conjure our own stories by looking, imagining, thinking curiously and critically of what has been and of what can still be.
– by Stephanie Frondoso