Fragile Things

An artist connects with one of the harshest places on earth

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We are energy. I believe that we connect through the vibrations of our energy in tune with that of other elements.

In November 2015, the artist and architect Aïda Andrés Rodrigálvarez spent two weeks at an Argentine Airforce Base ‘Carlini’. Qualified as an architect, she has also done a degree in the fine arts, as “They (architecture teachers) didn’t explain to us how to treat spaces in a sensual way.” Her training in architecture is evident in her artistic work, which oftentimes treats space as a medium and defines it gracefully and experientially.

Andrés arrived at Carlini without a clear plan, or in fact which medium could even work in order to do the harsh beauty of the landscape any justice. “My first thoughts were, whatever I do, in comparison to all this, will be awful,” she says. “The landscape was extreme, but also possessed an extreme beauty.”

The subsequent body of (mostly) lithographs and photography Andrés produced, titled Cossos Infralleus (Fragile Things), are testament to this statement; an extraordinary landscape that transcends from destructive harshness to sublime transparency in monolithic icebergs, icy snowstorms, infinite horizons where frigid sky and water meet and a fragile sun – whose daily appearance was documented like a Captain’s log.

Examples of Cossos Infralleus in Argentine Airforce Base Carlini. Aïda Andrés
Example of Cossos Infralleus. Aïda Andrés

There is something attractive and attracting in atmosphere that rejects you. Although the wind is too strong for you to bear it for more than 20 minutes, something urged me to go out and experience it, to defy it and face it, feel my body arching and bending in order to withstand it.

Cossos infralleus

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