Arantxa Rodriguez

Universal Compassion

This work can be interpreted as a series of wall-corner mind installations, paintings in space or architectural moments. Made out of multi-colored yarn, they are intrinsic representations of the three alchemical elements that have made me the person I am today: my Mexican culture, Buddhism practice, and their interrelationship which has influenced my art-making. I create string installations comprising natural-dyed, colored wool yarn from Teotitlán del Valle, Oaxaca- Mexico. I went beyond the aesthetics of my work to also explore the energy of new materials. I do not plan how the pieces are going to turn out. Rather, each work emerges through the making. In other words, the process is more important than the outcome. The colors and material of the pieces may reflect my origins, but the form of the installation indicates the form of my mind. Since the mind does not have shape or color, I am essentially creating physical manifestations of it through my art.