Guadalupe Maravilla: Mini Relámpagos

Regular price $ 5,000.00

Guadalupe Maravilla
Mini Relámpagos, 2024
Cast bronze sculpture with Verdigris patina
23.6" x 6.1" x 1.2" 
Edition of 25 + 1 AP + 2 PP

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Ballroom Marfa, Artspace, and Guadalupe Maravilla present Mini Relámpagos. The artist's first bronze edition, Mini Relámpagos relates to the large-scale sculpture Mariposa Relámpago (Lightning Butterfly) on view at Ballroom Marfa. The work will travel on a Texas Tour to the Contemporary in Austin and Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston. As the bus travels from West to East Texas, each of the partner venues will have a different dialogue about migration, ways of healing, and the power of art. Migration is embedded in both Guadalupe’s work and Marfa’s landscape, just 60 miles north of the U.S./Mexico border. 

Mini Relámpagos is a hybrid lightning bolt and serpent figure that—like much of the artist's work—draws inspiration from many different ancient and contemporary healing practices. Produced in close collaboration with the artist and artisans in Mexico City, Mini Relámpagos is made to be displayed flat or hung vertically. 

Maravilla's work is autobiographical, often referencing his unaccompanied, undocumented migration to the United States due to the Salvadoran Civil War. His practice is grounded in the historical and contemporary contexts belonging to undocumented communities and the cancer community as a means of addressing experiences of war, displacement, illness, and healing. 

"If you really start thinking about it, a lot of traditions are always about collective healing. Obviously it's important for us to do our individual work but ultimately the collective healing is really important as well. And that's a big part of my practice."
—Guadalupe Maravilla 

Maravilla's work has been exhibited in prestigious institutions internationally and resides in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Whitney Museum of American art, New York; Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, Madrid; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami. Ballroom limited edition sales help fund exhibitions and programs at Ballroom Marfa, which are always free and open to the public.

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