During her multiple trips around the world, Luz Peuscovich collects natural elements which then become the physical and symbolic medium of her installations.
TIDE is her second solo exhibition in Berlin, where she is presenting her main installation taking the form of a wave composed of organic materials. Tides are the rise and fall of water levels caused by the combined effects of the gravitational forces exerted by the moon and the sun, and the rotation of the Earth. A set of molecules that move and flow according to magnetism.
This work is based on the artist's experience while she was living with the Guna Yala community in Armila, Panama, a small village located on the edge of a river, where the jungle meets the sea. For months, in contact with nature, Luz shared the life of the community, whose modus operandi is based on collective work for social activities, such as ceremonies or construction of public spaces and private housing.
The strength of their collective work ethic and the organization of the community to resolve daily issues of the village life left a strong impression on her.
The installation reflects upon the movements and collective processes, as well as on the way communities are built and empowered to achieve changes. We are all driven by collective movements, sometimes unconsciously. By growing more aware that such a collective force exists, can we become a conscious tide?
Luz's work is meticulous. She collects, selects, classifies and hangs the found natural elements within the exhibition space. The collection has something accidental and random. The artist doesn't preconceived what she will be able to find, since her discoveries always depend on the place and the climate that she works in. 2018 has been marked by a strong drought in Berlin. It is the first time that the artist finds a lack of diversity in the natural elements that she collects, as if something were in crisis. Therefore, she has particularly drawn meaning from hazelnuts in their husks, one of the elements she has found in abundance. Despite a single materiality, she found a great diversity in forms and colors within the same species.
When the time to hang the elements comes, Luz plays with each piece, finding its right place in order to achieve a balance in form and rhythm.
The wave’s strong symbolism can be linked to a political and social context that is of major importance and significance to the artist: the recent and powerful feminist movement in Argentina. In the last years, there has been a massive awakening of feminism, a change of consciousness showing a transforming force in society. This conscious wave demands an egalitarian society and particularly the right for women to freely decide on the choices regarding their bodies. A new generation seeking profound changes is visible and is taking action. Nothing will stop it.
Luz Peuscovich was born in 1984 in Argentina. She studied Fine Arts at the University of La Plata, Art Curatorship and Management in Buenos Aires and attended a scenography course at the Colón Theater (Buenos Aires).
She exhibited her paintings in solo and collective exhibitions in several art venues in Argentina.
As from 2009, her explorations in painting have been followed by multidisciplinary works and art installations, with frequent collaboration with other artists, and seek to expand the perceptual abilities of active viewers.
Her current projects are linked to travel experiences during which she collects objects found in nature with which she realizes installations. By generating a change in the usual context, the artist seeks to transform the perception of space so as to inhabit it in a different way than the usual. Her research focuses on the integration of man within nature and the experience connecting him with beauty.
She exhibited her installations in different art spaces in Argentina, the United States, Germany, Panama, China, India, Brazil, the United Kingdom, and Norway.