Step into Claudia BuenoAquarium-style installation Meow wolfExperience the slow, oscillating movements of natural life. “pulse”Consists of countless white line drawings that are meticulously intertwined and placed on 60 panes of glass. When lit, they mimick dozens of nautilus spirals, corals, vines, and botany that sway and throb in glowing masses.
“This is what ‘Pulse’ is, a way of creating animated volumes using drawing planes that build up. I have refined this technique in the last six years and understood how these forms can have a moving quality even when using the light system, ”says the Venezuela-born artist, noting that the idea for the project came from a visit to Yellowstone National Park.
Within eight months, a team of women carefully painted the glass panels in Buenos Studio, Idaho. “The repetitive / meditative quality of the work offered us a very special healing space, as we drew fine lines for hours and shared and supported each other openly,” she says. Regardless of the scope of the project, Bueno starts with a single point, which she duplicates, expands into lines, and eventually into intricately developed patterns. She explains this:
It seems like it doesn’t matter what size, what materials and tools I work with. The same types of patterns keep manifesting, building on one another, while gaining complexity and simplicity at the same time. It was an interesting challenge for the brain to visualize a stack of 2D drawings that then become 3D and move. It’s my own version of a non-digital, hand-drawn time-lapse or animation.
Although much of the work on the installation is complete, Bueno shares that she is creating smaller sculptures, jewelry, and other works that coincide with the larger project. “Pulse” will premiere on Meow Wolf’s satirical show des Konsum. Omega Martwho created the Santa Fe-based arts group (previously) is opened within Area 15 Early 2021. Until then, you’ll find more of Buenos’s light-based work on her side and Instagram.
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