El espesor del tiempo
El espesor del tiempo (Puebla), 2018 / The Thickness of Time (Puebla), 2018
Recovered clay roof tiles from the city of Puebla, Mexico arranged in spiral.
Variable dimensions / The diameter of the exhibited version is 400 cm / 157.48 in
Unique, version 1 of 3
I imagine the birth of rock, lava being spit out of volcanoes and cooling down on its path. I imagine the millions of years of sedimentation, turning rock into soil. I imagine the red, water saturated, soft mud, drying in the sun and wind in the molds before being fired so hot that all the molecules transform into hard matter. The once soaked mud becoming isolation material, waterproofing by fire. I imagine the tiles being moved to a place where people need a new shelter from the rain. What happened to the house those tiles where roofing? They have come down from their roof and so doing lost their function, becoming sleeping material, retired matter. Sleep mode for a tile means changing direction. Tilt and shift. From circle to spiral. From horizontal to vertical. Outdoor to indoor and upside down. The thickness of time elapsed is what turns a cycle into a spiral.