“Rules of taste enforce structures of power.”
– Susan Sontag
Reappropriating the Greek word meaning “sensation or perception” decolonial authors such as Walter Mignolo, Rolando Vázquez, and Adolfo Albán Achinte push against aesthetics, considering it a constituent part of colonial matrix of power. Their theories encourage an ongoing process of challenging and subverting the hegemony of modern/colonial aesthetics aiming a ‘decolonization of the senses’.
These sculptures are inspired by engraved glass objects from classical antiquity, replicating the basic shapes of beakers and some of their common hues. Through a shift in materiality that leads to a flexible finish, the rubbery resin invites a rediscovery of touch, enhancing the subjective aspect of perception, an elementary awareness of stimulation. [Read full text]