Lucrecia Troncoso

Artist Statement


I explore the materials that make up the things of the world: clay, plaster, chips of stone, canvas, sewing thread, color pencils, wooden boards… I try to imagine these materials as their own entities in a world where consumerism, marketability, advertising—and often cultural motives—do not exist. How then, will these materials manifest themselves? How, if at all, will people engage with them? Will we still use plaster to make buttery-smooth walls in our homes, thread to make trinkets for loved ones, and colored pencils or paints to depict landscapes? To answer these questions, I work to peel the bias off of any material where it may have attached, and try to get to the material’s essence. I then begin labor-intensive and methodical processes, which, instead of transforming a material, absurdly preserve it. These explorations take me to the inherent physical qualities of materials and throw light upon modern society’s purpose and understanding of them. My hope is that materials become autonomous, and people, acquainted with new realizations.