Oneiric Caves Gush MultiplicityJuly 7 - August 11, 2018
A black bed of horsehair, braided, roped, and woven into a bodily armature, sits atop an ancient expanse of sand. Within, she wakes. She suits herself in the braided bodice and rides out to sea, her footsteps limning the perimeter of sleep. She sings the tyrannical storms, exhales the gusts of raging winds, and electrifies the night in her undisguised intensity. She is the gatekeeper of death, the governor of change.
Spirits of Yoruban orishas anchor Ciriza’s work, as their stories and symbols offer paths toward cathartic transformations. Rooted in the medicinal, sculptural works illuminate the possibilities of healing and metamorphoses within the opacity of shadow and murk. Planetary materials such as clay and bismuth are transmuted to reveal alchemical mysteries. Like wrinkled skin deteriorating, a large latex drapery silently cries its secrets in Braille. Emboldening myth by twisting the wires of reality, Ciriza holds reverence for the primordial forces that have informed her. Small units—braids, beads, small casted geodes—collectively amass to a great offering of the handmade that awakens the dormant secrets and memories of a silenced ancestral past. Oneiric Caves Gush Multiplicity is a manifestation of how the artist both harnesses and yields to the visionary power of the plutonian blue.