'' What interests me is how the forest thinks, how the trees think, and how they interact, how they exchange.’’CFOC X BUBENBERG EXPOSITION PARADIS PERDUS - Entretien avec BIANCA LEE VASQUEZ, 2020
Bianca Lee Vasquez created for the first time during the 2020 confinement in Paris, a series of drawings inspired by the indigenous plants of South America.
This new tapestry borrows its title from the Quechua language: the approach, sumak kawsay is a way of life embodying community, well-being, and a coexistence with nature that has permeated indigenous cultures for thousands of years. Bianca Lee Vasquez got up close and personal with this coexistence by spending several weeks in the Amazon rainforest with scientists from the Labverde program in 2017.
The Split Likes Garden (Sumak kawsay) tapestry features motifs of agave hearts and blossoms. It was made from a design by the artist by weavers in Tours, with whom Bianca Lee Vasquez developed her palette: "This is what takes the most time: you have to think about the material, imagine the density of the thread. I wanted to put the colors of the earth, the skin, and the sun. To link nature and man."
She observed how indigenous tribes used their resources in a way that promotes regeneration - the Ecuadorian government was the first country to put rights for nature into the constitution.
This work is available for private viewing in Paris
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