Madre Perla

Glazed high temperature ceramic, industrial velcro, cordless speaker, SD card and voice recording of a poetic text. Dimensions:
shell: 23.3 x 8.6 x 10cm | stand: 1.5m high x 50cm diameter | audio: 7’26”

Two conch shells whisper a poem(in Spanish) about a woman who bathes surrounded by seashells and scented candles. The woman falls asleep in the bath, embarking on a hallucinatory journey through watery and desert landscapes—mythic and real. Speaking in a soft murmur that’s reminiscent of ASMR-voice recordings, the spirit of the sea and the river seduce the listener, describing bodies of water, pillaged riverine environments and dark damp, feminine spaces as they make their way to the land of the dead. Lacking physical water, the recorded voice comes to replace the various fluids mentioned in the recording.

Listen to piece (in Spanish) here:
An English translation of the piece was published on MAP Magazine (2022).