Zabala utilises the paper sheet as a game board of sorts, letting different elements arise spontaneously, accumulating and forming on the flat surface, generating structures that determine the final form through a process defined by intuition, playfulness and accident.
‘A tribute to doubt’ is a journey through the different strata onto which memory engraves its images. The drawings in this show combine fragments, bodies and imagined elements of organic nature, which are re-interpreted, revised and repeated in different ways; some are coarse, reckless and steady, others soft, unnoticeable and fearful. Furthermore, the silkscreen pieces are formed by several layers of ink that structure and shape the final image.
Crude-appearing, the pieces call for contemplating them as they are, aesthetically, an ambiguous expression between what is imagined, missed, dreamt, idealised and felt.
One can sense the pleasure of making in the now, free from pre-existing ideas and pretensions regarding the end result. This way, the paper sheet becomes a landscape to walk around in, a journey that encourages us to sense the whole without forgetting about the details.
Rut Zabal (Bilbao, 1992) lives and works between Madrid and Santander (Spain). Art graduate from the University of Basque Country, she received her Master in Printmaking from the International Contemporary Print Centre of Betanzos (Coruña, Spain). Her practice and research are very much linked to printmaking and printing techniques, which has led her to work in different studios such as Spike Print Studio (Bristol, UK) and the Empreinte Atelier de Gravure (Luxembourg), where apart from deepening her art practice, she was also a teacher in printmaking. Her work has been shown in group shows in Bilbao, Santander, Oviedo, Valladolid and Barcelona.