So much constant production to fill the world with objects!
What subtlety to take a few of them to make an image of the author!
Graciela De Oliveira
NATURA MORTA BLACK MAGIC
Mexican culture is steeped in magic: that is both a platitude and a truism. People and their object worlds are endowed with a warm, sensuous soul. Even seemingly Iifeless objects –natura morta– speak of a secret inner life. Even when a single fruit or leaf is dissected from the ‘Tree of life’, as is the case in the still life photography of Flor Garduño, and placed in an unfamiliar, sterile environment. It still betrays its origins. It posseses the aura of its genesis, as if it has received the laying of the hands.
This photographer is blessed with more than healing hands. Her perception of the world is equally compassionate, for she sees things with her heart. She takes the gifts of nature and lays them on her harvest table. She regards them with the empathy of a divinely gifted prophetess. There is a technical perfection in her work from start to finish, and there is no obstacle between the object and how she perceives it. Rather, there is an over-whelming sympathy between them.
She achieves something rarely found in photography: she sees through the object right into its very centre, into its hidden depths, and into the very substance of its being. Even when the "object of desire” at ﬁrst appears to be blacker than black, completely enigmatic and elusive, it then reveals its inner self, illuminating the darkness. Manet once described the colour black as “la reine des couleurs", and this rings true in Garduño’s predominantly black works, where even the most mundane of objects appears regal and noble, surrounded by a halo of black, created by the artist of light, a Mexican miracle-worker.
Her photography is like painting with light, either in black and white, or completely in black. She chooses classical compositions, which produce a sense of utter perfection, a perfection which captures the essence of their eternal nature. The observer is lost in wonder, reverence and contemplation. The still life pictures of Flor Garduño exude a majestic peace and grandeur; life is suspended for a moment. Fruits are like mountains: they assume different dimensions, as if a spell has been cast over them. Matter becomes sensuous; objects become erotic.
There is stillness, silence. With its distinctly classical style, this series of works is unique both within the cultural landscape, and within a society characterised by immediate and disposable gratification.
Nature lives on in art through this collection of still life photographs.