Childhood Collection by Agustina Garrigou

«Childhood is life’s fuel. You can keep on bringing back things from that era and work with them.»

 

I think we all can agree that it is in our childhood where our personality is built, although in adolescence and adulthood we might want to control some aspects of it. I feel the need to be strongly attached to my inner child in order to make the most genuine art pieces.

In this case, I started making pieces that reminded me of the different personalities and roles in a group childhood friends. There’s always the one who seeks attention, the one who is constantly lying and exaggerating things, the one that appears older, the curious one, etc etc. I really enjoy bringing back these characters, going back to this sweet moment in life, although It didn’t feel sweet in my childhood. I think I’m talking about something anyone can relate to, because even if you had a “happy” childhood, you can still remember the internal conflicts you had, for relating to other people and building your personality at the same time. The vulnerability you have as a child is the one that develops our sensibility and way of relating to others in the future.

Childhood is life’s fuel. You can keep on bringing back things from that era and work with them. I think that is from childhood where I can develop the shapes and colors I like and recreate authentic feelings.

One singularity I find is that the pieces are not planned, most of them. The process is, I grab some clay, wedge it and throw some volumes on the potters’ wheel. Next day I trim them and throw the small pieces I attach to the big volumes in order to create these characters. Up to this moment, I don’t know the personalities of the pieces, so I glaze them and fired them, and only at the end of the process the character manifests. And if I’m not sure about it, I fire them as many times until the personality is clear. Is kind of a “human” process I think, as I’m not trying to force my pieces by controlling their character, instead I let them be what they need to be.

Another singularity is that there’s one piece which I tried to put myself in, although I just show a part of my childhood. There’s one called “The One who is Half Blind” and has a cross in the left eye. When I was 10 years old I was diagnosed with toxoplasmosis and because of that, I lost half of the sight in the eye.

I don’t if they reflect current trends, but they can reflect the inspiration I have from artists I like. The raw textures combined with rounded volumes, and the intention to work with ceramics in a very expressive way, using a traditional artisan technique to create sculptures.

Interview with Agustina Garrigou.

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