Amazonian animals: serpents
and jaguars, with incisions of knives and machetes on tick layers of wet paint.
I developed this technique watching some styles of the precolumbian art of my
native Perú, specially the black ceramics decorated with incisions and the
stone reliefs from the primitive Chavín society.
together with carving and scraping were the first technologies of the visual
arts. Monochromous scratchings outlining animals and hunters appeared on
cave walls before the colored cave paintings. Some Chavín reliefs were intended
to be visualized by the sense of touch, they were placed on underground pitch
Why when we see an incised relief do we
also want to touch it? Maybe to reciprocally connect our senses of sight and
touch, just as predators do when making their way in the dark.