“Enter Jorge Manilla, a Mexican contemporary jewellery artist who reminded me of all this a few days ago, when he spoke to me about his work. I first noticed him last year when one of his pieces was on the “Under that Cloud” exhibition and I was very happy to hear about his new work, which, in my opinion, reflects the happiness, the sadness and the violence that is Mexico.
He describes his series “Te mato por que te amo” (I kill you because I love you) as the sum of thoughts and memories of psychological and physical violence. “When I was working, I read a lot about violence, what philosophers likeGeorges Bataille write about it, with his texts on eroticism, violence, and death” Jorge explains.
By observing how people and the media deal with violence, he found out that the line between man and animal is very thin. “For some people violence is living proof that man is a savage… for other people it is the road to civility” he points out in his statement.
In his work, Jorge does not judge; he treats all emotions equally and creates pieces, which are witnesses to both the Good and Evil inside all of us. Like another kind of shaman, Jorge performs his own purifying ritual on emotions and transcribes fear, passion, jealousy, pain, sadness and love into the materials he uses: ash, charcoal, pigments, dried flowers, bones and fabric from old t-shirts and bags. Objects of life and death are enclosed in small containers and are sprayed with foam. As the foam fails to escape this violent grip, it explodes and transforms into something new. Before the pieces are ready, Jorge performs the last step of purification; he burns them.”
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