Volcán Pichincha by Paula Barragán - Davidson Galleries
Paula Barragán

Volcán Pichincha

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Medium: Woodcut
Dimensions: 15 x 19 1/2 inches
Signature: Signed
Artist details: 1963
Edition: AP of 5

Recommended by Paige (Collections Manager):
"For me, Ecuadorian artist Paula Barragán is a master of the everything-all-at-once style and Volcán Pichincha is an excellent large-scale example. This woodcut shows the artist's hometown of Quito on the hillside of the volcano. How does one capture a city in a volcanic eruption? With everything all at once. Barragán includes the people, the buildings, the cars, the dogs, crabs and birds. She uses text, boats and skulls, she compresses space and creates a ladder to the top of the volcano, smoke becomes arrows or faces in the sky. I have recently been thinking about Barragan's work since the New York Times published one of her works in April 2020 with her writing, ¿De quién es la culpa? (Who is to blame? or Whose fault is it?) about the pandemic and environment. In Volcán Pichincha as with the new piece, I see Barragán grappling with as many elements as possible to describe a moment or to understand why."