Estas ruinas que ves, 2006. Casting mold of Coatlicue statue, 250 x 120 x 120 cm.

Forging Histories of Past and Present: A Conversation with Mariana Castillo Deball

Mariana Castillo Deball works with a range of materials and processes bearing a strong relationship to archaeology and history. Her transformative approach and deep visual understanding result in rich and resonant works that merge historical accounts and personal experience. Mschatta Fassade hangs like a curtain, a space-defining soft sculpture that records the ancient remains of one culture while acknowledging the history and function of its more modern site in another culture. The wooden floor covering of Vista de Ojos transforms a historical map into a physical and spatial experience of a city. Columnar ceramic structures blend figures, objects, and architectural motifs in rapid, time- and logic-defying succession. Castillo Deball’s richly presented objects radiate contextual strata fused with visual depth and discovery. …see the entire article in the print version of June’s Sculpture magazine.