Mariana Castillo Deball (born 1975 in Mexico City) Deball is interested in how a particular object can exist in different contexts over a period of time. The series of paper mâché sculptures "Uncomfortable Objects" follow the behavior of epiphytic plants like orchids and bromeliads, plants that climb on other structures, but they are not parasites. The sculptures are covered with images gathered during Deball’s experiences in Brazil over the last two years related to anthropology, carnival, and museum displays. The focus on rituals and festivities explains the choice of paper mâché, a traditional technique used for carnival props and other celebrations, that can be easily made, used and then discarded, on the limit of being thrown away. The wall drawing refers to images found at the Warburg Institute in London.
(l) Reflejo de cien espejos tu cuerpo, 2011, Paper mâché, aluminum wire, laser prints; Photo: Nick Ash
(r) Aquí el hombre se enfloró la cabeza, 2011, Wall drawing, indian ink; Photo: Mariana Castillo Deball
© Mariana Castillo Deball, Courtesy: Galerie Wien Lukatsch, Berlin